People Helping People Video Series Earns Awards

Tuesday, November 07 at 04:00 PM
Category: People Helping People

Nov. 7, 2017 – MarCom Awards* recently announced the 2017 winners in its annual creative competition for marketing and communications, and Arvest Bank received two awards and an honorable mention for its People Helping People video series.

The series highlights individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference in the lives of others. The idea came from the bank’s mission statement: “People helping people find financial solutions for life.” Arvest won a Platinum Award for its overall People Helping People series.

The bank won a Gold Award for its video featuring Steve Ebert, a volunteer cross country coach for Central Junior High School in Springdale, Ark. 

 

The bank also received an honorable mention for its video featuring Marshal Grissom, head coach of the Caney Valley High School Bass Club in Ramona, Okla.

A total of 12 Arkansans, five Missourians and eight Oklahomans have been featured to date. Arvest’s entry was among roughly 6,000 submitted to the MarCom Awards for consideration.

“This series mirrors our overall mission of helping people every day, and we are honored that these individuals will share with us the great work they are doing in their local communities,” Arvest marketing director Jason Kincy said. “It’s our hope that these stories will inspire others to give back to their communities as well.”

MarCom Awards recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs worldwide. Administered by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, the competition is judged by professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

The People Helping People series launched in August 2016, and has received more than 400,000 total views. The videos are available via Arvest’s YouTube*, Facebook* and Instagram* channels. The bank will publish its 25th story on Friday, Nov. 10th. Arvest social media followers can help spread the word about these inspiring community members by sharing, liking and retweeting the videos. 

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.

Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

Tags: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, People Helping People
 

Breast Cancer Survivor Pays it Forward - People Helping People Series

Friday, October 27 at 03:20 PM
Category: People Helping People

Oct. 27, 2017 – When Bobbie Jo Sparks was near her lowest, four words changed her life.

“Call Angie with BCAP,” Sparks remembers being told.

BCAP* is the acronym for Breast Cancer Assistance Program, a 501(c)(3) charity that assists women affected by breast cancer. Sparks is a breast cancer survivor who in 2012 was diagnosed with cancer, then lost her mother and her job within a span of about two months. 

On top of that, Sparks had three children she feared wouldn’t get a Christmas due to all of the hardship. After taking the advice to call BCAP, however, Sparks got a much-needed boost.
 
BCAP, led by another breast cancer survivor, Angie Walters, paid the Sparks family’s rent and utilities. It even made sure the family had a Christmas dinner and gifts for Sparks’ children.
 
“Not only did they help my family,” Sparks said, “but they became family.”
 
Walters is the 24th person to be featured in Arvest Bank’s People Helping People video series. The series is designed to celebrate individuals in the communities Arvest serves who are uniquely making a difference.

Walters’ determination to help breast cancer patients started when she was receiving treatment for her own illness. She heard fellow patients worry about meeting basic financial needs, and eventually formed BCAP to help address that issue.
 
Now, BCAP provides an average of about $1,500 to several cancer patients each month. The money comes from fundraisers such as the Pink Carpet Survivor Brunch and Fashion Show held earlier this fall.
 
Sparks, who now holds a fundraiser of her own to help support BCAP, knows firsthand how the organization helps those with seemingly overwhelming financial needs. After participating in the fashion show, Sparks knows about other benefits being associated with the group brings.
 
“I felt beautiful,” Sparks said. “I felt beautiful in my skin because all of those people allowed me to feel that way. Once I made my round and everybody is applauding and they know my story, it was amazing. ...You felt amazing. You felt like you were 10 feet tall.”
 
About Arvest Bank
Arvest Bank operates more than 250 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.
Tags: Oklahoma, People Helping People, Tulsa
 

Arvest to Give $16,500 to Oklahoma Teachers

Wednesday, October 04 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
Arvest Bank will honor teachers throughout the state of Oklahoma by awarding 33 educators with a total of more than $15,000 in prize money.
 
The decision to award 33 $500 gifts to individual teachers from a pool of more than 90 communities was made not only out of respect and appreciation for the work teachers do, but as a sign of support at a time when many school budgets across the state have been cut. All prizes will go to teachers who work at state-funded schools.
 
“Arvest understands how important teachers are to our children, our communities, and our future,” Arvest Marketing Manager Angela Spradlin said. “We appreciate how hard teachers work and hope these awards will be accepted as a show of gratitude and gratefulness.” 
 
To nominate a teacher to receive one of the $500 prizes, look for an Arvest Bank Facebook post about this contest during the week of Oct. 16-22. Comment on the Facebook post, including the teacher’s name, school name, city, and one sentence describing why that teacher deserves to win!
 
Towns included are: Adair, Ada, Afton, Aqua Park, Arkoma, Badger Lee, Bartlesville, Bethel, Bixby, Blackgum, Box, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choteau, Commerce, Copic Slab, Cottonwood, Coweta, Dale, Del City, Dewey, Duncan, Edmond, Elgin, Eufaula, Fairland, Ft. Gibson, Foreman, Gans, Glenpool, Gore, Gore Landing, Grove, Heavener, Jay, Jenks, Kansas, Lawton, Liberty, Maple, Marble City, McAlester, McLoud, Meeker, Miami, Midwest City, Moffett, Moore, Muldrow, Muskogee, Nicut, Norman, Nowata, Oklahoma City, Okmulgee, Owasso, Panama, Paradise Hill, PawPaw, Pocola, Porter, Poteau, Pryor, Quapaw, Redland, Reeder Ford, Roland, Sallisaw, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Seven Oaks, Shawnee, Spiro, Stillwater, Stilwell, Stoney Point, Sycamore, Tahlequah, Talihina, Tecumseh, Tulsa, Vian, Vinita, Wagoner, Walters, Westville, Wister, Wyandotte and Yukon.
 
  •  Random Selection will take place the week of Oct. 24.
  •  Awardees will be notified no later than Oct. 30.
  •  Winners will be selected at random.
  • No Arvest associate or associate’s immediate family member can win.
 
About Arvest 
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2017, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 120 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.
Tags: Community Support, Oklahoma
 

Arvest Bank to host 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Art Contest

Monday, September 18 at 02:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
LAWTON, Okla. (August 4, 2017) – Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the third edition of its Annual Veteran’s Day Art Contest in conjunction with The Armed Services YMCA. Every child in kindergarten through sixth grade will have the opportunity to draw a picture based on the theme “My Military Family.”
 
Nine children in three different age divisions will win Visa Gift Cards. The age divisions are Kindergarten – 1st grade, 2nd – 3rd grade and 4th – 6th grade. Winners in each division will receive $100 Visa Gift Cards, while runners-up will receive $50 gift cards and third-place finishers $25.
 
The winners will be announced during the second night of the annual Armed Services YMCA YFry on November 9 at Great Plains Coliseum. Attendees at that event can also vote on a new category: Best In Show, the winner of which will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. All of the submitted artwork will be at the YFry for attendees to view.
 
Entries must be returned or postmarked by Friday, October 20. They may be sent to Arvest Bank, Attn: Angela Spradlin at 5201 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton, OK 73505. There is no cost to enter. Entries must be in color and on a white 6x8 sheet of paper to be judged. Oversized and three-dimensional entries will not be judged. 
 
All artwork submitted by a child of active duty or retired (20-plus years of service) members of Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard/Reserves will be eligible to be entered into the Armed Services YMCA National art contest. Entrants do not need to be a member of military family to be awarded at the local level.
 
Children attending the YFry will also have the opportunity to create a brand new debit card for Arvest Bank. Entry forms and drawing utensils will be given out at the YFry, so children can create whatever they would like to see on a debit card. Arvest and The Armed Services YMCA will then pick a winner. The debit card will feature the artwork as well as The Armed Services YMCA logo. The winning card will then be available for customers to choose as their debit card.
 
Tags: Lawton, Oklahoma
 

Arvest Bank Places in The Journal Record Reader Rankings

Tuesday, September 12 at 03:00 PM
Category: Arvest Community News
 
The Journal Record recently released its first-ever ‘Reader Rankings,’ and Arvest Bank is proud to relay some of the results. We’d also like to thank those who voted for us.
 
According to The Journal Record, its readers cast votes across a wide variety of 50 categories, including construction and design, entertainment, finance/accounting, general business, health care, higher education, hospitality, legal services, real estate and information technology.
 
Arvest was voted the “GOLD level” winner in the category of Best Bank for Business Based Outside of Oklahoma. Arvest also received “SILVER level” recognition in two others categories: Best Wealth Management Provider (Arvest Wealth Management) and Best Bank for Small Business. (See the top three places in each category below.) 
 
Arvest is both proud of – and humbled by – the recognition. We work hard every day to meet the needs of our customers, and honors like the ones bestowed by the readers of The Journal Record let us know that our efforts have a positive impact on those we serve.
 
FINANCE/ACCOUNTING
 
Best Bank (based outside of OK) for Biz
  1. Arvest Bank
  2. JPMorgan Chase Bank
  3. CrossFirst Bank
 Best Wealth Management Provider
  1. Morgan Stanley
  2. Heritage Trust
  3. Arvest Wealth Management
 Best Bank for Small Businesses
  1. Bank of Oklahoma
  2. BancFirst
  3. Arvest Bank
 For more information about the 2017 Reader Rankings and to see the full list, please go here*.
 
Links marked with * go to a third-party site not operated or endorsed by Arvest Bank, an FDIC-insured institution.

 

 

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