Community Rescue Mission Announces Return of Downtown Tradition


October 20, 2021, Fort Smith – The Community Rescue Mission (CRM), in partnership First National Bank of Fort Smith, is bringing back a Downtown Fort Smith tradition with a synthetic ice-skating rink. The rink will be located on the lawn of the Riverfront Pavilion, 100 North B Street from Friday, November 26th to January 2nd. Admission is $12 pp and $8 for children under 11 and includes skates.

Executive Director of CRM Heather Sanders states, “This would be a fundraising campaign for CRM to continue our mission of servicing families in crisis throughout the River Valley and in connection with our Capital Campaign to complete 5 additional units for homeless families. With First National Bank’s sponsorship, our campaign would bring a former downtown family friendly tradition for local residents of all ages while attracting more people downtown to enhance economic opportunities for local businesses.”

“First National Bank is grateful to support the community rescue mission in its endeavor to bring holiday cheer to our community while raising funds to help local families needing shelter and our support.” First National Bank of Fort Smith President and CEO, Sam Sicard

Hours of operation:
• Friday 5pm-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm
• December 21st thru December 30th, 2pm to 7pm Tuesday-Thursday and open Friday at 2pm
• Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day

Hours of operation are subjective to change, please visit

Please contact CRM for group sales and corporate events. 100% of proceeds will benefit CRM.

About Community Rescue Mission:
Community Rescue Mission is solely funded by gifts and in-kind contributions, and does not charge those in need for services. CRM’s mission of instilling hope and empowering lives provides for all basic needs to include shelter, meals, personal hygiene items, clothing and case management to help families gain independence and stability. The funds our organization could potentially receive will be used towards daily operation costs in our mission of supporting homeless families. With children living on our campus, it is imperative that safety and stability be a priority. Depending on the amount received any funds over daily operations will be applied toward renovating our dining room and adding 5 new family housing units. As a 501c(3), donations to CRM are tax deductible.

About First National Bank of Fort Smith:
First National Bank of Fort Smith is a financial institution that has served the community of Fort Smith for 149 years. With 28 locations and 38 ATMs in the River Valley, Northwest Arkansas, and Eastern Oklahoma, First National Bank continues to serve and expand to other regions. As a subsidiary of First Bank Corporation, they offer an array of services including banking, trust, investments, and insurance through BHC Insurance throughout the communities they serve. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. For more information visit


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