De Queen Police Department Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Friday, September 20 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The De Queen Police Department will gain a new teammate thanks to a $4,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.
The gift was announced today at the De Queen branch.

Thanks to the donation from the Arvest Foundation, officer Jarrin Platt was able to attend the Little Rock K-9 Academy Aug 5-16, where he received a total of 80 hours training with his new partner, Raptor. Raptor is a 2-year old male Belgian Malinois who is trained in Narcotics Detection, Bite and Tracking. 

“On behalf of the City of De Queen, we would like to thank the Arvest Foundation for this donation and all that they do for the community,” Platt said.

“We are honored to present this donation to the De Queen Police Department,” Patti Boone, Arvest branch sales manager, said. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support the De Queen police force and the community that they serve. This donation is just one of many examples that shows Arvest is committed to positively impacting the community.”

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Arvest Bank Celebrates Opening of New Russellville Branch

Tuesday, September 17 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is excited to announce the opening of its new branch in Russellville. The branch will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The new branch is located at 815 N. Arkansas Ave. and is approximately 4,000 SF. It officially opened for business on Aug. 28.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome everyone to our newly completed branch,” said Shawn Bates, community president Arvest Bank in the River Valley Region. “We’ve been waiting with great anticipation for this building to be completed, and look forward to continuing to provide the people of Russellville with our products and services.”

During the grand opening celebration, checks will be presented to two local non-profit organizations: Russ Bus Inc. and Augsburg Food Pantry.

Please come hungry, as hamburgers and hot dogs will be served after a brief presentation by the Russellville High School choir, the Arkansas Tech ROTC Cadets, and the Russellville Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Arvest’s new branch will feature four drive-through lanes and 32 parking spaces. Inside, Arvest will provide its full range of services, including consumer lending, deposit services, commercial and small business lending, mortgage loans, mortgage servicing, and Arvest Wealth Management.

The new branch’s lobby is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and our drive-thru is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.


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Arvest Bank Names Ballroom in Red Wolf Convention Center

Monday, September 16 at 11:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The grand ballroom in the newly-constructed Embassy Suites by Hilton and Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro will be the Arvest Ballroom when the hotel opens in November.

Arvest Bank secured the naming rights of the almost 15,000 square foot space for the next 17 years in an agreement with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC. The Arvest Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,500 guests and may be partitioned off to create seven individual meeting spaces.

The addition of Red Wolf Convention Center creates a third major meeting and event venue adjacent to the Arkansas State University campus. It is the second-largest meeting space, and the only true ballroom space, in Jonesboro.

“Jonesboro continues to flourish as a regional destination for entertainment events, and certainly university-related activities, and we look forward to hosting guests in this beautiful new space,” said Kevin Hufstedler, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Jonesboro.

“We are proud to partner with Arvest Bank as our Red Wolf Convention Center ballroom naming sponsor. Arvest’s great reputation for excellence in business and banking will be a real asset to the image and reputation of our facility,” said Tim O’Reilly CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, and managing member of the facilities’ ownership group.

“As a new business member of the Jonesboro community, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the O’Reilly Management team, which manages outstanding properties nationwide,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in central, northeast and southwest Arkansas. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of this new venue that will be a great asset to the university, students, their families and out-of-state guests.”

O’Reilly Hospitality Management anticipates that more than 25,000 guests will attend events in Red Wolf Convention Center during the first year. The all-suite hotel consists of 203 suites, an on-site restaurant, on-site catering featuring food prepared by a professionally trained chef, indoor pool and fitness center. Event and meeting space can accommodate 200 trade show booths.

The hotel and convention center is located on the campus of Arkansas State University at 223 Red Wolf Blvd., adjacent to ASU’s sports facilities.

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Arvest Bank, Genuine Care Pharmacy Charity Golf Tourney Set for Oct. 26

Monday, September 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The charity golf tournament hosted by Arvest Bank and Genuine Care Pharmacy is set for Oct. 26 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club, with a 12:30 shotgun start. Organizers were forced to reschedule the tournament as a result of severe weather in August.

The tournament includes lunch that begins at 11 a.m. in the club house. Each entry fee includes mulligans, gifts and door prizes. Prizes for special event holes will also be awarded to men and women who are “closest to the line,” “closest to the pin,” who make “the longest putt” and who make a hole-in-one. Winners of two “pay to play” holes also will be awarded prizes.

All of the proceeds from the 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament are divided among area non-profit organizations that submit applications to be selected as a charity of the year. This year, the benefitting organizations are Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Baxter County; Sanctuary, Inc. of Harrison; School of New Hope, Inc.; and Serenity, a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

“This tournament has provided much-needed supplemental funding for a variety of nonprofit organizations in our area, so we hope golfers across North Central Arkansas will form a team, join us for some fun and help us support these local charities,” said Sally Gilbert, market president of Arvest Bank in Mountain Home.

The tournament is a two-person scramble with men’s or mixed teams. Entry fees are $200 per team, which includes a cart and team mulligans. To register or ask questions about the tournament, contact Tiffany Watkins with Arvest Bank at

 About Arvest

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

 About Arvest Wealth Management

Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

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Arvest Bank Takes Two Honors at Annual ARcom Award Ceremony

Friday, September 13 at 08:00 AM
Category: Arvest News

Arvest Bank was recognized twice at the annual ARcom Award ceremony in Little Rock on Thursday night.
The ceremony is hosted by the Arkansas chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators, and is designed to recognize exceptional public relations programs. Arvest won a Prism Award in the category of Public Service, as well as the Bob Sells Best of Show Award, both for its annual Million Meals campaign.
The Public Service category consists of entrants that run programs promoting societal good, in which the sponsoring organization’s principal motivation is altruistic or philanthropic. Sells, founder of Sells Agency, was a veteran public relations professional whose contributions to the industry were recognized across Arkansas and the nation.
Arvest has conducted its Million Meals campaign for the past nine years in an effort to help feed the hungry across the bank’s four-state footprint. During that time, Arvest – with the help of its customers, community members and associates – has raised a total of 16-plus million meals, including more than $2.8 million in funds given directly to the banks dozens of local food partners. In the 2019 campaign, Arvest raised more than 2.4 million meals.
More than 80 entries were submitted for consideration in 40 categories. The entries were judged by members of the West Virginia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Accepting the awards on behalf of Arvest were – left to right – Ginger Daril and Caroline Minor of Sells Agency, Arvest marketing manager Caroline Reddish, president and CEO of Arvest Bank for central, northeast and southwest Arkansas Jim Cargill, and Mike Sells.

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