Arvest Delivers $5K for UMAC ‘Wall of Fame’

Arvest Delivers $5K for UMAC ‘Wall of Fame’

EDUCATIONAL INVESTMENT: Arvest Bank recently donated $5,000 to Union Public Schools for the development of a “Wall of Fame??? at the UMAC. In attendance at the check presentation were, from left: Union Sixth and Seventh Grade Center Principal Steve Pittman, UMAC Marketing Director Sarah McBryde, Union Schools Education Foundation President Patrick Coyle, Arvest Bank Vice President of Marketing Debbie Powers and Arvest Community Bank Marketing Manager Rita Garrison.

Courtesy Rob Crissinger

Arvest Bank recently presented a $5,000 grant, on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation, to members of the Union Schools Education Foundation for the creation of a special “Wall of Fame” to grace the front entrance of the Union Multipurpose Activity Center.

A local artist will be commissioned to design the one-of-a-kind mosaic tile wall, intended to help generate needed funding for projects and teacher grants in the Union Public Schools District. Remaining funds will be used to purchase building supplies and for the construction of the project.

Union Schools Foundation President Patrick Coyle hopes the unique project will reinvigorate a fundraising campaign that began in 2003, following the opening of the 150,000 square-foot UMAC facility.

“With this generous grant from the Walton Family Foundation, the Naming Rights Committee of the Union Schools Education Foundation will be able to revitalize the fundraising campaign started in 2003,” Coyle says.

“The Walton Family Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which we serve, and are proud to support the positive efforts being made by the Union Schools Education Foundation to support our schools,” says Don Walker, president and CEO of Arvest Bank – Tulsa.

The fundraising campaign was implemented as a way to increase the USEF Endowment and build a stable base to support teachers in Union Schools with an annual teacher grants program.

“Once the ‘Wall of Fame’ design is completed, we will have a one-of-a-kind way to recognize donors for their contributions,” Coyle says. “The Naming Rights Committee, composed of USEF Trustees: Debbie Powers, Steve Pittman, Sarah McBryde, Courtney Elias and I, look forward to the completion of the ‘Wall of Fame’ and the jump start to the fundraising program this grant will allow us to achieve.”

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Updated 01-08-2008

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