By: Kelli Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: December 2012
Jim Boze, CEO and president, and Kelley Rash, chairperson of the board.
The 37th annual Governor’s Arts Awards were held November 8, 2012, and Broken Arrow’s AVB Bank was honored with the prestigious Business in the Arts Award. The Governor’s Arts Awards is an annual event recognizing individuals and organizations whose efforts have impacted the arts in their communities or throughout the state. First awarded in 1975, the awards are presented by the governor during a special ceremony at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
In a letter to AVB Bank, Governor Mary Fallin wrote: “Thank you…for supporting the arts and for making contributions that have enriched and enhanced the cultural environment of our state!”
“For generations, AVB Bank has continually been dedicated to supporting and promoting art education, programs and initiatives, as well as Oklahoma artists and art,” said Kelley Rash, AVB Bank chairperson of the board. “AVB is honored to be recognized by the Oklahoma Arts Council and The Honorable Mary Fallin for our many years of dedication to enhancing the arts in the Broken Arrow community.”
“AVB Bank’s mission is to serve, connect, and succeed together. Just one of the ways that we accomplish this mission is through our commitment to the arts,” said Jim Boze, AVB Bank CEO and president.
“Broken Arrow’s economic development is enhanced by the many initiatives that AVB Bank sponsors, underwrites and supports,” added Boze.
AVB Bank, headquartered in Broken Arrow, is a privately-owned community bank with assets of over $260 million and locations in Broken Arrow and Tulsa. AVB Bank began in 1905, two years before Oklahoma statehood. Through 107-years of service, AVB has survived tough economic times and navigated an extensive regulatory climate. Today, AVB Bank remains an independently owned and operated bank.
AVB Bank takes its role in the community seriously. With tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours donated annually to organizations in Broken Arrow and Tulsa, AVB Bank has three main areas of consistent charitable giving: economic development, education, and the arts. AVB Bank recognizes that the bank will only be as strong as the communities in which they serve, and understands that these three giving initiatives go hand-in-hand with each other.
It is evident that AVB Bank’s efforts have strengthened our community and schools through the arts. For more information about AVB Bank, visit www.bankavb.com.