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01-09-2009 Simmons First Bank donates gift to SouthArk Foundation

simmonsfirst_capcam_giftJanuary 9, 2009

Simmons First of El Dorado recently made a very generous donation to The South Arkansas Community College Foundation, Inc., according to Cynthia Reyna, Executive Director of the Foundation.  The $50,000 gift was bestowed for the purpose of supporting and expanding learning opportunities of SouthArk students.

John Dews, Chairman and CEO of Simmons First Bank, said “Simmons First is committed to education and the difference it can make in the future of our community and its citizens.  We are proud of our partnership with SouthArk and its commitment to bringing affordable and convenient educational opportunities to our community.  This gift moves Simmons First’s investment in SouthArk over the $100,000 level and reconfirms our commitment to the college and its leadership.” 

 “SouthArk Trustees and Foundation Directors acknowledge Simmons First Bank‘s generous support of education in South Arkansas over many years.  In addition to providing a fully endowed scholarship for students, Simmons First has sponsored numerous student fine arts exhibits and concerts, including the Madrigal Feaste and Outdoor Expo, and they have fully equipped a classroom with a computerized teaching piano lab” said Dr. Alan Rasco, South Arkansas Community College President.  “We are proud to have Simmons First as a collaborative partner in providing educational support and other valuable learning opportunities to the citizens of South Arkansas.” 

Seated (l to r) John Dews, Chairman and CEO Simmons First, Dr. Alan, South Arkansas Community College President,

Standing (l to r) Scott Fife, President Simmons First, Clara Jones, SouthArk Foundation board president and Charles Thomas, SouthArk Foundation board member.