Arvest Bank Donates $7,200 to Three Local Charities

Tuesday, September 27 at 01:44 PM
Category: Arvest Community News

For the past 15 years, Arvest Bank of North Central Arkansas has held an annual golf tournament to raise money for local charities.  This year’s tournament was a huge success with $7,200 raised and given to three local non-profit organizations.  The following is the official release:

YELLVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Bank North Central Arkansas donated the proceeds from its 15th annual Arvest Charity Golf Tournament to three local non-profit organizations serving women and children. The organizations, Gamma House, Grandma’s House and Marion County Rotary Club’s Our Kids program, will each receive $2,400 raised through this year’s tournament, which collected a total of $7,200.

“Arvest Bank North Central Arkansas takes great pride in the Charity of the Year program and in this tournament. For 15 years now, it has provided a way for the bank to take some of the fundraising burdens off of the charities that give so much to the members of our community,” said Tiffany Watkins, marketing director, Arvest Bank. 

Gamma House is a transitional housing shelter serving women and children in North Central Arkansas and Southern Missouri. They provide services and housing to help area women in abusive situations become independent and successful members of the community.

Grandma’s House was one of the first children’s advocacy centers in Arkansas and works with the Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence, as well as the Arkansas State Police to serve Boone, Newton, Carroll, Madison, Baxter and Marion counties. They strive to provide the least traumatizing investigation at their child-friendly, home-like setting. The organization offers complete forensic interviews and medical examinations in a comfortable environment. 

The Marion County Rotary’s Our Kids program was formed in 1993 and provides assistance to area children when assistance thru Medicare, Medicaid, AR Kids and other insurance providers is not available. The program operates through a committee composed of the Department of Human Services (DHS), Marion County Health Unit, all three schools in Marion County and the Rotary Club. When DHS, the health department or a school determines that a child has a need that cannot be met through traditional insurance, the officials complete an application that will accompany the child to the DHS office. DHS then evaluates and determines if the child is receiving all qualified assistance and, if not, the Our Kids program helps meet that child’s needs.

The Arvest charity committee sponsors this annual golf tournament to raise funds to support local charitable organizations in Baxter, Boone and Marion counties. Each charity must apply to become “Charity of the Year.”  Recipients are selected on criteria that includes past, present and future financial needs and must also be a designated IRS 501(c)(3) organization to be considered.

The tournament was held August 27, 2011 at Diamond Hills Country Club in Diamond City.


 

Tags: Arkansas, Charitable Giving, Community Support, North Central Arkansas
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