By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: October 2010
Ben Dejene, downtown Broken Arrow branch manager, and Don Ferrell, market executive, prepare for fun, food and victory as AVB Bank hosts Tailgate with the Tigers.
So you think you can cheer? Let’s hear it for the Broken Arrow Tigers!
Scream. Clap. Cheer the Tigers to victory! Everyone is invited to join the fun and excitement as AVB Bank hosts Tailgate with the Tigers.
Tailgate parties have become a sports tradition with college and pro teams. Now, for the first time, AVB brings the same spirit to Broken Arrow in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. Starting at 6:30 p.m., one hour before each home game, as many as 30 staff members will set up the new AVB tailgate grill at Memorial Stadium parking lot, 1901 E. Albany. AVB Bank will provide hot dogs, chips, bottled water and noisemakers, free to supporters.
“We are very proud of our Broken Arrow Tiger football,” says Jim R. Boze, AVB Bank president and CEO. “Broken Arrow High School Athletic Director Ken Ellett and Coach Spav (Broken Arrow football coach Steve Spavital) are developing a tremendous football program. We hope that our customers and community will join us at Memorial Stadium during home games and during away games at designated AVB branches as we grill hot dogs and raise our voices in support.”
The goal is to pack the stadium with black and gold to show appreciation for the young athletes who are in school, focused, goal-oriented and doing the right things. Remaining home games are October 1, October 15, October 21, and November 5.
Tailgate parties for the remaining away games will be held at the AVB downtown Broken Arrow location on October 8 and AVB Stone Wood Hills location on October 29. Food and refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with plenty of time for fans to get to the out-of-town stadiums.
Each tailgate party presents an opportunity for people to share their enthusiasm for football, get together with their friends and neighbors, meet parents of players and classmates, and network with local business owners. Fans are welcome to bring signs and banners. Temporary tattoos will be available for the kids – this is one place where their hollering and noise making will be encouraged.
“We are excited that AVB Bank has become a part of our program. AVB is committed to our community, to our kids and to Broken Arrow,” says Lisa Renfrow. Lisa and her husband, David, owners of Sports Photography & Design, are long-time Booster Club members and supporters of Broken Arrow football.
For more than a hundred years, community service in Broken Arrow has been a part of the AVB culture. This independent, locally owned and operated bank demonstrates charitable giving with both time and money, with a focus on economic development, education and the arts. Community involvement this season can make Tailgate with the Tigers a Broken Arrow tradition. According to Kelli Sowell, vice president of marketing and sales director, the parties will go on, no matter what the weather brings.
For more information on Tailgate with the Tigers, call (918) 251-9611 or visit www.bankavb.com.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.