Arvest Donation Supports Special Olympics at Buffalo National River

Arvest Bank officials present donation for Special Olympics in the park.
Left to right: Larry Phillips, Scott Tennyson, Missy Sims, BNRP President Ginger Milan, Jeana Rudd, Acting Superintendent Laura Miller, Julia Eaves, and Tiffany Watkins.

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News Release Date: May 10, 2018

Contact: Caven Clark, 870-345-2790

Harrison, AR: Arvest Foundation recently donated $2,000 to Buffalo National River Partnerson Wednesday to support “Fun Days” at Buffalo National River, organized in partnership with Special Olympics.  The “Fun Day” events provide residents in Baxter, Boone, Carroll, Marion, Newton, and Searcy Counties who have special needs opportunities to participate in guided hikes, play games, and learn about nature and wildlife at Buffalo National River. Buffalo National River Partners, the National Park Foundation, and the National Park Service have hosted more than one thousand participants since the first “Fun Day” event in 2016. 

“We are grateful to Arvest Foundation for helping to ensure that we can continue hosting these events into the future,” said BNRP President Ginger Milan. “Every resident of our surrounding communities should have the opportunity to experience the beauty and wonder of Buffalo National River.”

Last week’s “Fun Day” took place at Tyler Bend. Participants from United Cerebral Palsy, Bost, Cotter, Developmental Discoveries Inc., and Boone County Special Services took part in the event. The next “Fun Day” will be scheduled in late September.  



Ranger Lauren Ray at left holding cured snakeskin
Special Olympics Fun Day participants explore various natural items including a large snakeskin.

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volunteers in background, legs of participant right foreground
Volunteers from Bergman High School assist Special Olympics Fun Day participants with Frisbee Golf despite heavy rains.

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Last updated: May 12, 2018

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