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Farmers Bank & Trust hosted its third annual South Arkansas Outdoor Social in Columbia County on Sept. 16-17. The two-day, three-event benefit served as a fundraiser for the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation.
The affair consisted of a free fishing derby at the Southern Arkansas University Engineering Pond on Friday, Sept. 16, then followed on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a competitive trap shoot at the Farmers Bank & Trust Trap Shooting Range at Southern Arkansas University’s facility along Columbia Road 13 nearMcNeil.
The winner of the event was the SAU Trap Team. The champions took home a $2,000 prize as well as numerous individual gifts, including custom coolers featuring Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation graphics. The benefit concluded Saturday night with a free Red Dirt Country concert at Southern Arkansas University’s Alumni Center. The show featured the Texas-based Drew Fish Band, as well as fellow Lone Star State act, Saints Eleven.
All proceeds from the two-day, multi-event benefit went to the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation. The nonprofit organization serves as a fundraising arm of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. The auxiliary’s mission includes supporting conservation efforts throughout the state, as well as property acquisitions to help enhance fishing and hunting opportunities in Arkansas. The Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation also aids in enhancing youth interest in outdoor and recreational activities, education, and more.
In total, the two-day benefit saw dozens of volunteers from Farmers Bank & Trust, Southern Arkansas University, and the Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation participate to help make the South Arkansas Outdoor Social possible in 2022.
The Farmers Bank Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Magnolia Fire Department to go toward the purchase of new life-saving vehicle extraction equipment, commonly known as “jaws of life.”
The donation will aid in further outfitting the Magnolia Fire Department fleet with vital rescue technology.
“Every new firefighter has to be EMT-certified, so these tools are extremely valuable,” said MFD Chief Greg Pinner. “We currently have them on our rescue truck, but, if it’s gone from the station on a call, we don’t have anything left if another incident comes in.”
The new extraction equipment to be purchased with the help of the Farmers Bank Foundation is quite advanced. Instead of requiring two separate mechanical tools –one for cutting and one for spreading during rescue situations –the “combi” setup that the fire department will purchase features attachments for both tasks in one, easy-to-exchange, handheld device.
“This funding will really help us out,” Pinner added. “We’re always grateful for the donations from Farmers Bank.”
The Magnolia Fire Department is responsible for all fire and rescue operations in Magnolia. The emergency agency also responds to all significant vehicle accidents throughout Columbia County. The MFD staff now contains numerous certified paramedics, as well as firefighters.
For more on the Farmers Bank Foundation, visit HERE.
Farmers Bank & Trust Community Specialist & Assistant Board Secretary Candace Rankin graduated from the prestigious FBI Citizens Academy program on June 7, 2022.
The FBI Citizens Academy gives business, religious, civic, and community leaders an inside look at the FBI. Candidates are nominated and then selected to participate by the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.
“I have always had respect for law enforcement, but this experience really opened my eyes to a lot of things I was unaware of. The level of respect I have for them now is even greater,” Rankin said.
“The FBI Citizens Academy is an excellent curriculum to connect the FBI to our local leaders and difference-makers in Arkansas,” Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Anderson said. “Candace has been instrumental in the Bank’s relationship with the FBI, by connecting them to the communities we serve.”
In her role, Rankin organizes various Bank and community events including the annual FBI Community Awareness Program luncheons where law enforcement from all departments across the state get together with community leaders for a presentation and brief training.
“Farmers Bank & Trust’s former Chairman & CEO Bob Burns went through this program many years ago and our CEO Chris Gosnell has gone through it as well,” Rankin said. “I’m honored the Bank nominated me for this opportunity and that I was able to attend.”
Once a week for eight weeks Rankin drove from Magnolia, Arkansas to Little Rock for class. Topics covered during the academy include cybersecurity, active shooter training, negotiation, domestic and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction, stop the bleed training, and more.
“I believe everyone who works in customer care should learn this information. It’s potentially life-saving,” Rankin said.
For more information about the FBI Citizens Academy, visit HERE.
The Farmers Bank Foundation of Magnolia, Arkansas, has announced an endowment of $125,000 to Hope Public Schools in Hope, Arkansas. Funds donated will be allocated to Hope Public Schools high school seniors to attend local universities and community colleges within the footprints of Farmers Bank & Trust branches.
“The main giving mission for the Farmers Bank Foundation is to help local education,” said Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones. “We are thrilled to partner with Hope Public Schools to fund higher education locally and keep our best and brightest right here in South Arkansas.”
Scholarships will be available through the Hope Public Schools scholarship program starting in the 2023 school year, with the commitment to fund scholarships for years to come. The Farmers Bank Foundation will pay out the donation over ten years.
Hope Public Schools Superintendent Jonathan Crossley said, “This transformative partnership between Hope Public Schools and Farmers Bank will change the lives of HPS students. We already have innovative partnerships with UA-HT where students can graduate with associate’s degrees and skilled trade certifications. This investment from Farmers will decrease the financial barrier many students have in pursuing post-secondary education. We are so grateful for Farmers and their dedication to the Hope community. We have the vision that ALL students will graduate from Hope Public Schools ready for the next step, whatever that may be. In the coming years. Farmers Bank will help make that vision a guarantee.”
About Farmers Bank Foundation: Created in 2021 for Farmers Bank & Trust’s 115 anniversary, the Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.
On Thursday, May 19, at 10:00 a.m. the public is invited to attend a celebration of the grand opening of the newly renovated Hempstead County Courthouse, located at 200 E. 3rd Street in Hope, Arkansas. A free catered brunch will be provided by Farmers Bank & Trust.
“Farmers Bank & Trust is proud to align itself with the voters of Hempstead County to bring this to fruition. The building is paid off and I believe it will serve our citizens well,” Farmers Bank & Trust Hope Market President Jacob Jones said.
Speakers for the event include Farmers Bank & Trust CEO Chris Gosnell, Hempstead County Judge Jerry Crane, and Justice of the Peace Steve Atchley, who is the project manager of courthouse improvements.
Farmers Bank & Trust sold the building to Hempstead County in 2017. To learn more, click HERE.
The Farmers Bank Foundation is preparing to host its first Battle of the Badges basketball game, benefiting the Paris Police Department and Paris Fire Department. The game will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Trinity Christian Academy gym located at 2192 FM 79 in Paris, Texas. Prior to the game, the public is invited to a hamburger dinner from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Admission is free and tickets are not required.
The Farmers Bank Foundation is donating $25,000. Additionally, all the money raised from live and silent auctions will be added to the total. To determine who will receive sixty percent of the cut, both departments will battle it out on the court. Local high school cheerleaders will also be performing during the event.
“We can never say thank you enough to the men and women who are willing to risk everything for our safety,” said Farmers Bank & Trust Regional Market President, Jeff Nutt. “This event is a great opportunity to show them how much we appreciate what they do.”
Live and Silent Auctions
The live auction will feature two utility trailers totaling more than $9,000 donated by MAXX-D Trailers and Lamar Trailers, a one-night cabin rental in Broken Bow, Oklahoma at Restoration Ridge donated by Don Preston and Jason Ward, and a certificate for Crawford’s Hole in the Wall’s famous Bread Pudding every month for a year.
“Our local businesses have been very supportive. We appreciate their donations to make this event a success!” said Farmers Bank & Trust Paris Market President, Erik Roddy.
Silent auction items include a Tonneau Roll-Up Truck Bed Cover donated by Jay Hodge Chevrolet – Sulphur Springs, a set of running boards donated by Jay Hodge – Hugo, a set of tires donated by Jay Hodge Dodge – Paris, a Springfield Armory Hellcat Pro 9MM Pistol donated by Blossom Hardware, Jeff Nutt, and Erik Roddy, RTIC Cooler donated by Farmers Bank & Trust, and two gift baskets full of gift cards from local restaurants and women’s boutiques.
“Farmers Bank & Trust and the Farmers Bank Foundation are looking forward to making a big impact in Paris, Texas,” said Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director, Elizabeth Anderson. “We encourage everyone to come out and support their local police and fire departments.”
Elizabeth Burns Anderson’s earliest memory of Farmers Bank & Trust is sneaking suckers from behind the teller line as a young girl. Her great-great-grandfather started the Bank 115 years ago. Now, she leads the Farmers Bank Foundation and has a passion for developing partnerships with the Bank to help local schools, non-profits, and municipalities.
“The mission of the Farmers Bank Foundation is to enrich the communities where our customers and employees live, which is so important because not only are our customers how we sustain, but our employees are how we succeed,” said Anderson.
One way the Farmers Bank Foundation gets involved in the Bank’s communities is by hosting events. Here are a few in the works for 2022:
- Arkansas State Police Foundation Golf Tournament – Friday, March 25, 2022
- Texas A&M-Texarkana Distinguished Speaker Series with NASA Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly – Thursday, April 7, 2022
- Arkansas Game & Fish Foundation South Arkansas Outdoor Social Trap Tournament – Saturday, September 17, 2022
Stay tuned to our social media pages for announcements on new Foundation events and more details! Follow us on our Facebook HERE and Instagram HERE. For more on the Foundation, visit MyFarmers.Bank/FarmersBankFoundation.
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The Farmers Bank Foundation of Magnolia, Arkansas, donated a total of $5,000 to five affiliate offices of The CALL, a non-profit organization that mobilizes and equips local churches to serve children and youth placed in foster care.
The Farmers Bank Foundation granted $1,000 to the following The CALL offices in Arkansas: Hempstead & Nevada Counties, Miller County, Columbia & Lafayette Counties, Saline & Perry Counties, and Ouachita County.
“I have seen first-hand how The CALL can make a difference in a child’s life,” said Farmers Bank Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Burns Anderson. “They work endlessly to provide safe Christian homes for children in foster care.”
The giving priorities of the Farmers Bank Foundation are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live.
The CALL is a statewide organization and is active in 44 counties around Arkansas. They partner with the Division of Children and Family Services to recruit, train and support foster and adoptive families for children and teens in foster care.
“The generous financial support from our community enables us to focus on finding healing and supportive homes for children in foster care instead of having to focus our time and energy on fundraising,” said Julia DesCarpentrie, County Coordinator for The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties. “We appreciate the support of Farmers Bank & Trust!”
DesCarpentrie said the money donated for Saline & Perry Counties will be used to finish out a back patio and a new swing set before the spring for their home office located at 2010 Military Road in Benton, AR.
For ways you can get involved with The CALL, please visit TheCallinArkansas.org/volunteer.
Hempstead & Nevada Counties
Columbia & Lafayette Counties
About Farmers Bank Foundation: Created in 2021 for Farmers Bank & Trust’s 115 anniversary, the Farmers Bank Foundation’s giving priorities are to support local nonprofits whose mission is to purposefully enrich the quality of life in the communities where Farmers Bank & Trust customers and employees live. The foundation’s funding is made possible by the bank’s shareholders and employees across Arkansas and Texas. The Farmers Bank Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that will operate independently from Farmers Bank & Trust. For additional information or to apply for Farmers Bank Foundation funding, please visit HERE.