Winner Abong Fankam, second from left, a native of Cameroon, surrounded by her family.
"Pride" magazine publisher and CEO, Dee Dixon, with award winner Donavon Dicks.
Councilman James Mitchell with former astronaut Joan Higginbothum.
Congressman Mel Watt and his wife, Eulada.
Todd and Page Johnson with Kyla Acie and Derrick Rose.
Award winner Howard Gaines with his wife, Crystal.
Lowe's Pride Awards Gala
Posted: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
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.
Photos by Daniel CostonTHE 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.
The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all, but do keep it civil. Please refrain from profanity, obscenity, spam, name-calling or attacking others for their views.
Have a news tip? You can send it to a local news editor; email email@example.com to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Charlotte Observer. Read moreRead less
The Charlotte region is vast and diverse. The more voices engaged in conversation, the better for us all. The Charlotte Observer welcomes your comments on news of the day, but we ask that you keep the discourse civil.
- Do not use profanity or obscenities. And don't try to camouflage profanity with asterisks, abbreviations or other symbols or foreign phrases.
- Do not use threatening language. Talk of violence won't be tolerated.
- No racial, gender or sexual-orientation name-calling.
- Do not attack other commenters for their views. Do not libel or defame anyone or violate their privacy.
- Keep your comments succinct and stay on topic. Comments that bear no relation to the story may be deleted.
- Do not add images to your comments.
- Do not report comments as abusive simply because you disagree with them. Report them only if they violate these guidelines.
- Do not post spam or advertising of any kind.
- Do not post a comment using all capital letters.
We do not monitor each and every posting, but we reserve the right to block or delete comments that violate these rules.
You can help: Notify us of violations by hitting the "Report Abuse" link. Users who continue posting comments that violate these guidelines may, at our discretion, be blocked from submitting future comments as well.
And finally, as Mark Twain said: "Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
Enjoy the discussion.