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Outstanding local women honored

LAWTON, Okla._Four women were recognized as outstanding women of Comanche County Saturday.

The honor came from the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women. The ceremony was held at the Leslie Powell gallery in Lawton. Dozens turned out to support the award winners including Mayor Fred Fitch. The winners were nominated by their peers for making a difference in the community.

Martha McCartney one of the winners is currently the Managing Director of Lawton Community Theatre. She spent 30 years helping at the theatre before she became managing director.

"Ripping cloth and dipping it in glue making it into something else and that is the magic of theatre," said McCartney.

McCartney says her main focus has always been on children and youth, getting them involved in plays at the theatre.

"It just helps your self-esteem to be able to talk in front of people and to be on stage and to feel that team work that comes with being in a production. Theatre has always been a love of mine," said McCartney.

She also volunteers at MacArthur High School for their musical every year and sings in the Centenary United Methodist choir. McCartney says it was a shock when she found out that she had been chosen as one of the outstanding women of Comanche County.

"I didn't know what to say and just absolutely thrilled that people would think that I had done anything in an outstanding way," she said.

Theatre costume designer Barbara Hunter has been working with McCartney for the last year. She says she is very deserving of this award.

"Martha, embodies the theatre. She is our guide and she is like the mother hen but yet with a stern hand and she knows the business and she keeps us in line," said Hunter.

"Its grueling sometimes because you give up your life but when there is an audience out there and that first applause comes there is nothing like it," said McCartney.

Four others were also honored as Outstanding Women of Comanche County. They were all chosen for going above and beyond the call of duty for the community.

"I just think that you have to give back you have to take what you have in the community and my motto has always been bloom where you are planted so I just try to give back wherever I can and wherever I am needed," she said.

At the ceremony, there were 500 dollar scholarships given to two up and coming young women.

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