The Arvest Foundation has issued a $5,000 grant to further renovations at Camp Waluhi’yi, in Duncan, Okla.

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The gift was announced recently when Arvest Bank’s Tim York, Craig Taliaferro, Chris Toomey and Larry Benson presented a check to Marcus Heilman, board president for the Camp Association.

“One of our short-term goals is to construct a large deck off the backside of our field house,” Heilman said. “Overlooking the lake, this deck will provide an excellent spot for youth and families to congregate while enjoying the outdoors. The Arvest Foundation’s generosity will most certainly help us achieve this goal.”

The Camp Waluhi’yi Association’s mission is to provide and maintain an outdoor environment for youth and family groups in Stephens County and throughout Oklahoma to conduct their programs and enhance the quality of life in Southwest Oklahoma. Camp Waluhi’yi provides a secure and well-maintained facility for camping and outdoor nature experiences.

Other projects associated with the renovation include the addition of open-air platforms to 10 existing campsites, improved lighting throughout the camp, lake rehabilitation efforts and camp signage.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to help provide funds for continued camp renovations,” said Taliaferro, who serves as a commercial lender for Arvest.” We are fortunate to have an outdoor space in our community to host youth groups and families in an environment ideal for team building and leadership skill development.

“This donation is one of many we have made throughout the Stephens County area. It demonstrates the foundation’s ongoing commitment to our youth in the region.”