Celebrating the Holidays in Style, and More!

What are fashionable people in central Oklahoma wearing to holiday celebrations this year?

We threw a little “party” of our own recently to offer our readers some inspiration. It took the form of a photo session, but not just any photo session! The main event was, of course, the photo shoot featuring local women modeling stylish holiday apparel from Cayman’s Clothiers, while our male models showed off clothes fashioned by the Tom James Co., the largest custom clothier in the world.

But to give the fashion shoot extra “oomph,” we invited several area businesses to participate. Among those answering our call were the Bob Moore Auto Group, 1902 Limo, Broadway Florist, and Huntington Fine Jewelry. All the participants, benefactors and guests were wined and dined, thanks to Rudy Khouri of La Baguette and Meatball House, and Andrew Black of Meatball House. You’ll hear more about these contributors in our “behind-the-scenes” sidebar accompanying our “Celebrating the Holidays in Style” feature.

Also in this issue, you’ll read in our Giving Back department about a Norman ob/gyn with early-onset Parkinson’s Disease who launched a foundation to raise funds for research into this debilitating disease. We hope some of our readers will make a commitment to support the Norman-based Nicole Jarvis, M.D., Parkinson’s Research Foundation Inc. by purchasing tickets to its Winter Gala, scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. We are proud to say that Cleveland County Lifestyle is a 2016 sponsor of this important fundraising event.

This month’s Hometown Hero department focuses on a Vietnam veteran who founded and operates one of the most successful veterans’ assistance programs in the country. Aided by a small army of volunteers, Dale Graham has helped vets and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars in approved benefits each month. Last year, he helped veterans to claim more than $25 million in earned benefits.

Our Road Trip feature this issue takes readers on a tour of a unique community on the shores of Lake Eufaula. Carlton’s Landing was designed to incorporate the best of traditional urban neighborhoods.

On behalf of publisher Jimmy Darden and myself, we wish you and yours a joy-filled, and safe, holiday season.

I conclude with a gentle reminder that not all of our friends and neighbors face a bright holiday season, so please consider contributing funds, goods–or even your time–to one or more of the numerous worthy charitable organizations in our community.