Something that we can probably all agree on – this past year proved to be quite difficult in a lot of different ways. Like the rest of the state and the nation, our community saw inflation climb to record numbers, and many of our citizens were deeply affected. Traditionally, our economy experiences ups and downs, and to say that last year was a down year would be an understatement. It’s during these downturns that communities and people come together. We tend to turn to our neighbors and pay a little more attention to each other’s needs. The spirit of what it means to be an Oklahoman became evident in Lawton, and we were able to continue our tradition of support throughout our entire community. Thanks to the focus on sustainability and the investment policy of the Lawton Community Foundation – we found a way to help those in need and to improve the lives of so many friends and neighbors, even during an economic slowdown.
This year our citizens continued to invest in our community, even when things looked bleak. I am so proud to be part of Lawton, and it was amazing to see so many of our fellow citizens pull together to help one another.
This annual report reminds us how much our community comes together to create a lasting impact on Lawton and the surrounding area.
— David Towe, Lawton Community Foundation President