The Arvest Foundation recently donated $5,000 to Think Ability in Duncan, Okla., to support the organization’s culinary skills training program.

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The grant will help introduce school age children and adults with disabilities to a wide variety of hospitality career opportunities. The program will include training on food preparation, food safety, measurement/conversion, menu planning, guest serving/customer service and money handling. Participants will also gain hands-on experience at the “farm to table café” and at the garden/greenhouse.

Think Ability is a private, not-for-profit agency that promotes independent living skills by providing community support for people, of all ages, with developmental disabilities.

“The Arvest Foundation’s donation and support have our deepest gratitude,” said Think Ability Executive Director Robin Arter. “The achievements and triumphs of Think Ability are undeniably influenced by generous contributions like this one. With this invaluable assistance, we will amplify the prospects for success among the individuals we assist, enabling them to refine and excel in their culinary talents.”

Hal Labyer, Arvest Community Bank President in Duncan, was joined by Loan Manager Ron Martin and Client Advisor Ryan Benson in presenting the check on behalf the Arvest Foundation to Arter and John Paul Reyes, a busser and server at the organization’s Garden Café.

“We are proud to support an organization that is changing lives in our community,” said Labyer. “This organization is dedicated to providing a vast array of opportunities for those with intellectual disabilities and we are happy to play a role in supporting those programs.”