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    Winner Abong Fankam, second from left, a native of Cameroon, surrounded by her family.
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    "Pride" magazine publisher and CEO, Dee Dixon, with award winner Donavon Dicks.
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    Award winner Howard Gaines with his wife, Crystal.

Lowe's Pride Awards Gala

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

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Olivia Fortson

Olivia Fortson is social editor of the Observer and SouthPark magazine. She loves shining the light on those who know the art of living an elegant life. Email her at OFortson@charlotteobserver.com.

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THE REASON: A benefit for the Charlotte International Cabinet hosted by "Pride" magazine.

THE BUZZ: The gala, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in the African-American community, honored three winners: Abong Fankam, who won the Pride Global Outreach award for her efforts helping children in Charlotte and her native Cameroon; Howard Gaines, winner of the Global Impact award for his work overseas including helping his church establish a medical clinic in Haiti; and Donavon Dicks, a senior at West Mecklenburg High School, winner of the Pride Global Youth award for his accomplishments including teaching basic English to children in China.

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