Arvest Bank Hosts Open House, Donates to Secondhand Serenity in Monette

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Pictured are, from left: Tammie Steward, Monette Branch sales manager; Judy Birdo, Second Hand Serenity; Marcus Guinn, loan manager for Arvest Bank in northeast, central and southwest Arkansas; Kevin Hufstedler, Community Market president for Arvest Bank in northeast Arkansas; Joe Verser, Commercial Loan manager for Arvest Bank in northeast Arkansas; Nancy Watson, board member, Second Hand Serenity; Janna Tischler, SBC Merchant Sales Service representative. (photo provided)

Arvest Bank hosted an open house event in Monette on Oct. 8 for current and prospective customers to learn more about the bank’s products and services. As part of the open house, Arvest associates presented a donation to Judy Birdo, executive director of local nonprofit organization Secondhand Serenity, for $1,000.

Secondhand Serenity supports local children and families who need assistance in various ways. The organization’s annual Hope for the Holidays toy drive helps provide specific toys or gifts for children at Christmas. Secondhand Serenity also provides fruit baskets to the elderly and occasionally can assist with the cost of utility bills.

“In a short period of time, Secondhand Serenity has made a positive impact on numerous people in this community and we are proud to be able to support them in their mission,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in northeast, central and southwest Arkansas.

The event also included food from Big Butts Catering who grilled on site. The open house comes two weeks after the conversion of Bear State Bank was completed on Sept. 24.

“Our customers now have access to even more options than they did previously, and that’s exciting,” said Cargill. “We are very much looking forward to sharing information about our products and services with the Monette community.”

Arvest Bank in Monette is located at 301 East Drew Ave. Lobby and drive-through banking hours are from 8:30 a.m.–4:30p.m. Monday–Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m.-5:30p.m. on Fridays. The bank is closed on weekends.

About Arvest:

Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” for 2018, operates more than 270 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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