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LAWTON, OK._Saturday, some of Lawton's most well known and well respected business women displayed both brains and beauty in the Lawton Business Women's 54th annual fashion show.

Each year the organization hosts the event at the Lawton Country Club in hopes of educating young women of Comanche County.

The money generated helps provide scholarships to women attending Cameron University or the Great Plains Technology Center.

The Lawton Business Women have been leaving their mark on the community for decades.

"We've been meeting for 86 years!," said Lawton Business Women president, Helena John.

And for the last 54 of those years, they have been doing more than leaving their mark.

They have been strutting down runways and striking poses.

Not for the fame and glory, but to give underprivileged young ladies a chance to further their education by offering scholarships.

"They have to graduate from a Lawton area school in Comanche County, and they have to either go to Cameron or Great Plains Technology Center," said John.

Helena John has been a part of the organization for the past 12 years.

One of the success stories has touched her personally.

"About five years ago we had a young lady that was a scholarship recipient go through the program, she ended up becoming a teacher, and becoming a teacher of one of my children," said John.

As the models made their way down the runway one by one, the guests were playing dress up in their minds, and thinking of the greater cause.

"We support women earning the same amount as men, doing the same job. We support women's health care, equality in lending, better business practices for women," said John.

And did we mention our very own Jan Stratton made a cameo appearance?

Not as a model, but as the Emcee of the event.

Jan, like Helena John believe that even more important than a well dressed woman is a hard working woman; one that knows the importance of standing by her friend and encouraging her to better herself in every arena of her life.

"It's a wonderful place to meet some great women, who are working women. We have fun, we have fellowship, it's really a great place, we have some great women that I've known for a long time," said John.  

To apply for one of the scholarships offered by the Lawton Business Women, applications can be picked up at both Cameron University or the Great Plains Technology Center.

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