Christmas came early to the City of Hope and Farmer's Market Manager Jodi Coffee as SWEPCO playing the role of SANTA delivered a grant of $35,000 towards what will likely be a downtown pavilion area.

Christmas came early to the City of Hope and Farmer’s Market Manager Jodi Coffee as SWEPCO playing the role of SANTA delivered a grant of $35,000 towards what will likely be a downtown pavilion area.
“We are always looking in our communities for partnerships and worthwhile projects. I was talking to Catherine (Cook) and she mentioned the Farmer’s Market. She was going through and I was thinking there are targets that they are focused on: education, the environment, cultural opportunities, and this lines up well with all of what we look for,” SWEPCO’s SW Arkansas External Affairs Manager Jennifer Harland said in making the presentation last Friday morning in a 15-minute ceremony.
“I then got to go to the Farmer’s Market, and there’s so much going on with it,” she said, “ I think the pavilion itself is going to be a huge draw. In addition to the Farmer’s Market, I understand there will be opportunities for education, kids, urban renewal. We are very pleased to present this check.”
Hope Mayor Steve Montgomery said “This is the cornerstone of the start of the pavilion. We are very appreciative of AEP and SWEPCO and the partnership with the City of Hope.”
“When these things come to fruition, it does show that things are moving along. Sometimes, a little slow, but they do move along.”