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Fans of jazz music, cajun cuisine, and addiction prevention/recovery will all have something to celebrate at a one-of-kind concert event October 2.

Award winning jazz saxophonist Grady Nichols will be performing the romantic old standards as well as his Billboard Jazz featured originals like, “London Baby!”

Throughout a career spanning over two decades, Nichols has crafted seven highly acclaimed albums and performed extensively, opening for such luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Al Green, Wayman Tisdale and The Beach Boys.

The concert is being held to benefit Light of Hope, a Claremore-based non-profit which assists individuals and families faced with the struggles of addiction and other life difficulties and educates children through a first-of-its-kind school drug education program.

Light of Hope’s programs include resource assistance, encouragement support groups, monthly speaker panels, quarterly seminars, community education, and a DEA approved school drug awareness education program.

“We provide a confidential, non-judgmental, loving environment, which brings encouragement and hope to families and individuals learning how to cope with the rollercoaster of addiction and life difficulties,” said Light of Hope Founder Layla Freeman. “We are a support system grounded on faith in God, bridging the gap, and helping people see the hope.”

Concert attendees will be treated to a cajun inspired meal of steak and shrimp, have the opportunity to participate in silent auctions for locally-sourced goodies, and will hear from Honorary Chairs, John and Chelsea Feary and community leaders about the impact Light of Hope has had on the community.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at

For more information about this event or about the services Light of Hope provides, please visit or call 918-373-4560.

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