World Services for the Blind, a Little Rock-based nonprofit organization that works to empower those who are blind or visually impaired, recently recognized Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in central, northeast and southwest Arkansas, with the 2019 Vision Award.

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The Vision Award is presented to an individual who has “demonstrated far-reaching vision to successfully orchestrate events through business enterprise and community involvement to help better society for all citizens, both with and without sight.”

“Jim’s involvement in business, education and in a number of nonprofit organizations that serve our community is the result of his authentic desire to improve our communities and create opportunity for everyone who lives here,” said Sharon Giovinazzo, president and CEO of World Services for the Blind. “Individuals of Jim’s caliber who make a life-long commitment to be bold, innovate and truly improve programs and services in our community are part of the reason our organization has been around for more than 72 years. We are thankful for Jim’s work and we are honored to recognize him.”

Arvest president and CEO Kevin Sabin presented Cargill with the 19th Annual Vision Award.

“The task World Services faces is monumental, yet they continue to succeed, innovate and expand their programs – changing lives in the process,” Cargill said. “It is my hope that this recognition gives our business community pause, so we can all better determine how our companies can contribute to supporting individuals of all abilities, and also build a more diverse workforce.”

The awards luncheon took place Oct. 30 at the Clinton Presidential Center Great Hall in downtown Little Rock.