River Valley Adoption Coalition Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Tuesday, November 20 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Foster children in the Alma area may have a greater chance of finding a foster home thanks to a $3,500 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at Arvest Bank’s Alma branch, where Tara Alexander and Jeremy Nuckolls of Arvest were on hand to present the check.

The River Valley Adoption Coalition is dedicated to finding foster, as well as forever, homes for school-aged and older children. Located in Fort Smith, it strives to assist families with the adoption or fostering process. The coalition offers a wealth of resources and works alongside families to provide a loving, welcoming home for any child.

The funds will be used to organize and host special “meet-and-greet” events where foster children and prospective parents can meet in a fun and safe environment. These events are a creative way for more foster children to get exposure to potential foster families and, ultimately, a forever home.

Paula Higgins, president of the River Valley Adoption Coalition, commented, “We will use the funds to bring adopted children across the state to meet potential parents and host a carnival-style event with games in a fun environment for the children. The parents are already pre-screened and ready to adopt.”

“We are pleased to present this donation to the River Valley Adoption Coalition,” Nuckolls said. “The coalition provides a much-needed service in the River Valley by joining foster children with prospective parents in a safe, positive environment. We were happy to choose them because of the enormous impact they have on the communities’ children.” 

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation
 

14th Annual Arvest Hoopfest Tips Off Dec. 6

Monday, November 19 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

Two-time defending champion Rogers Heritage High School will host Mt. Vernon (Mo.) on opening night of the 14th annual Arvest Hoopfest, to be played Dec. 6-8.

In addition to Rogers Heritage and Mt. Vernon, the field will include: Carl Junction (Mo.), Clarksville, Fort Smith Southside, Rogers, Waynesville (Mo.) and Webb City (Mo.). Hight-Jackson Associates is the presenting sponsor of the tournament, which includes teams from outside Arkansas for the 11th consecutive year.

“Arvest Hoopfest has become synonymous with the start of basketball season, and this year is no different,” Rogers Public Schools athletics director Keith Kilgore said. “We look forward to some great games as all of these teams get the chance to face good competition before they head into their conference seasons. We expect another fantastic tournament.”

Webb City and 2017 runner-up Fort Smith Southside will get the tournament started at 4 p.m. on Dec. 6. That game will be followed by Clarksville vs. Waynesville at 5:30 p.m. Rogers and Carl Junction will play at 7 p.m., followed by Rogers Heritage-Mt. Vernon at 8:30 p.m.

There will be four games on Dec. 7-8 as well, with the championship game set for 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. A plaque will be presented to the champions, along with individual medals to the players of the championship team. Players from the second-place team also will receive individual medals as well. 

Tags: Arkansas, Arvest, Arvest Benton County
 

Make the Most of Your Holiday Budget

Monday, November 19 at 11:00 AM
Category: Business Banking

Whether you are buying groceries for a holiday meal, traveling to visit relatives or simply picking up last-minute stocking stuffers, it is no secret the holiday season is expensive. With two major holidays back-to-back, the spending often feels unending.

Rather than letting long wish lists intimidate you, check out these easy ways to stretch your budget.

Start with a Budget and Stick to it
As holiday gifts and treats flood store shelves, the temptation to stock up on family favorites can be difficult to resist. The colorful displays and sale tags expertly draw in enamored customers. However, if you step into the store with a list in hand and budget in mind, you will be prepared to purchase only the necessities.

Make the list before you leave home, create a budget and set aside a small amount of money for additional, last-minute or forgotten expenses. Money Crashers* encourages customers to avoid setting a budget that is too tight, which only leads to frustration.

Earn Credit Card Rewards Points
Before you start shopping or traveling this holiday season, look into credit card rewards opportunities. With nearly every purchase on your card, you will earn points that can be redeemed at a later date.

If you have an Arvest Bank personal credit card, log in or call (800) 356-8085, to activate and earn 3X rewards points on nearly everything you buy up to $3,000. Activate your card as soon as possible, because Arvest Flex Rewards are available Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2018.

Schedule a Vacation
Although family trips are traditionally reserved for summer months, Bankrate* suggests the holiday season may actually be the most affordable time to get away. When hunting for the best accommodation rates, try checking online, calling the central reservation number or contacting the hotel directly.

The hotel or resort’s willingness to book empty rooms may secure you a memorable family getaway for a fraction of the usual cost. Set your mind at ease knowing nearly every charge on your credit card is earning you additional rewards points.

Take Advantage of Black Friday
If you are brave enough to tackle the Black Friday adventure, go with a pre-made list of everything you hope to buy. Creating a game plan ahead of time and staying on track could help you score those high-demand wish list items for a more reasonable price.

After you have filled a cart with the items on your list, use your credit card at check out and earn rewards points on the purchase.

Look for Coupons
The internet is full of money-saving websites such as Groupon* and RetailMeNot*, which provide large catalog of in-store and online coupons. Look for coupon codes on items you were already planning to purchase.

LifeHacker* suggests setting aside the money you saved, and allowing it to accumulate in a savings account. The small discounts here and there will add up faster than you think and provide extra cushion for your budget.

Whether you find a coupon to use or not, don’t forget to use your credit card at check out and earn rewards on nearly every purchase.

Disclosure:  Activate to earn 3X Arvest Flex Rewards points on up to $3,000 in eligible purchases made on your Arvest Personal Credit Card between November 01, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The bonus offer must be activated online by clicking the activation button in your Rewards Account or by calling the rewards phone line at (800) 356-8085, selecting option 1 for consumer and then selecting option 7 for rewards. Bonus points will only be awarded on eligible purchases from the time your bonus is activated until December 31, 2018. Eligible purchases are not limited by merchant categories such as groceries or fuel, but do not include fees or interest charges, balance transfers, cash advances, convenience check transactions, purchases of traveler’s checks, purchases or reloading of prepaid cards or purchases of other cash equivalents. Bonus points will be applied to your account within three billing cycles after your qualifying purchase. The Card Account must be open and not in default as of the date the bonus points are applied. New applications are subject to credit approval.

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Tags: Arvest, Business Banking
 

Arvest Classic Expected to Provide Early-Season Tests

Monday, November 19 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

Arvest Bank is pleased to once again host one of the area’s most eagerly anticipated early-season boys basketball tournaments – the Arvest Classic – beginning Nov. 29 at the Parkview High School Fieldhouse in Springfield.
Host team Parkview, which finished last season ranked No. 10 in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 5 ranking, will play Notre Dame Regional from Cape Girardeau in first-round action at 7 p.m. Notre Dame Regional is one of two new participants in the Arvest Classic this season, joining Helias Catholic from Jefferson City.

Other first-round games pit Fayetteville (Ark.) vs. Raytown at 4 p.m., Nixa vs. Lafayette (Wildwood) at 5:30 p.m., and Kickapoo vs. Helias Catholic at 8:30 p.m.

Friday’s second-round games also start at 4 p.m., while Saturday’s action begins at 11 a.m. The tournament championship game is expected to start at about 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“The Arvest Classic typically provides teams with good early-season tests, and we expect the same this year,” Arvest Bank Springfield president Brad Crain said. “We also have some new teams playing this year, in addition to several out-of-area teams, which adds to the excitement level surrounding this tournament. Just like the players and coaches, we are ready for tip-off.”

In addition to the games, Arvest will team with Make-A-Wish Missouri & Kansas for a special presentation at halftime of Saturday’s 11 a.m. game. Arvest also will present an awards ceremony following the championship game.

 

Tags: Arvest
 

Arvest Foundation Provides Bright Futures Gift

Friday, November 16 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Cassville R-IV School District’s Bright Futures program recently got a boost from the Arvest Foundation.

The $4,000 gift was announced recently, and will help Bright Futures Cassville address various needs in its mission to help children succeed. Bright Futures Cassville is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2011

"Arvest Bank continues to be an outstanding partner," Cassville R-IV superintendent Richard Asbill said. "We appreciate Arvest’s efforts to help our students be successful in school and our community. As a community partner, Arvest Bank understands the importance of ensuring the basic needs of students are met, and we greatly appreciate that dedication and commitment to our children."

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support Bright Futures Cassville,” local bank president Craig Rivaldo said. “The work this group does is vital, and this donation is just one of many we have made throughout the area that demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to education and to the children in the area.”

Tags: Arvest, Arvest Foundation

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