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Business Women will show latest fashions for benefit

"What we raise here, stays here."

That's the slogan of Lawton Business Women, who will present their 59th annual Fashion Show Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn to support the education and empowerment of local women.

Women can dress it up in pearls with their girlfriends or dress it down in jeans with their boyfriends for a night filled with food, shopping and entertainment.

Although having fun is a goal of the fashion show, it's not the main purpose, according to Brandi Whatley, fashion show coordinator. 

The mission of the fashion show is to raise funds to provide over $10,000 in scholarships to women who graduate from local high schools and attend Cameron University or Great Plains Technology Center.

"We really try to support the ones who really need the help," Whatley said. "Some of them truly would not be able to attend college without the assistance."

At the fashion show, past scholarship recipients will take center stage to share their testimonies about the impact education has made on their lives  a life-changing impact, Whatley said.

"I just believe that it (education) is something that makes us stronger and better in all the different areas of our lives," she said. "And I believe in women. I believe in our abilities and the effect that we have on the community, and education is a part of that."

Women may apply twice a year for a full-time or part-time Lawton Businesses Women scholarship, and scholarship recipients attending Cameron University will receive a matching scholarship from the university. 

The cost of admission to the fashion show is $35, and tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting

Prior to the fashion show at 7 p.m., early bird Christmas shopping with over 40 vendors begins at 5:30 p.m. Shoppers may also participate in a vendor scavenger hunt and have the chance to win prizes.

From 6-7 p.m., a cash bar will be open, and guests can spend the hour continuing to shop and socialize. At 7 p.m., guests will enjoy a plated dinner as they watch models wearing casual clothes, business attire and formal wear walk down the runway.

The outfits will be the merchandise of local stores, including The Hayloft Boutique, Dillard's, Edward's Men's Wear, Charming Charlie, Allure Bridal Boutique, LuLaRoe, Ruby Ribbon, Tipton's and Complete Eye Care, according to Whatley.

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