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Arvest Foundation donates $225K to local nonprofits

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The charitable arm of Arvest Bank issued $225,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

More than 40 organizations from Springfield, Aurora, Branson, Lebanon, Marshfield and Mountain Grove received funding, according to a news release issued this week.

Officials with the Arvest Foundation declined to disclose the donation amounts for all nonprofits, but photos released show $7,500 for the CoxHealth Foundation, $5,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks and $2,500 for The Drew Lewis Foundation Inc.

"All of the recipient organizations are doing important work that empowers and assists many of our neighbors in need," said Kyle Hubbard, president for Arvest Bank in Springfield, in the release. "We trust these grants reinforce our commitment to the communities we are here to serve.”

CoxHealth Foundation President Lisa Alexander said the funding is going toward a garden of metal tulips at the health care system's south Springfield campus. Announced last month, each planted tulip represents five patients who have been discharged after receiving treatment for COVID-19. The garden started last month with 300 flowers.

“The tulip garden is a celebration of those lives that have been given great care and returned to their families after fighting COVID-19," Alexander said in the release.

The Arvest Foundation's grants focus on K-12 education, economic development and quality-of-life enhancements.

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