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    Sharon Cox and Samuel Scruggs at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Debra Plousha Moore and Mayor Patrick Cannon at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Jarami Bond and Dwayne Bond at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Nick and Regina Wharton were named the Best Dressed Couple at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. The prize was a pearl necklace from Perry’s Fine, Antique & Estate Jewelry and tickets to see the Charlotte Knights play at the new BB&T Ballpark uptown(Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Honoree Floyd Mason Jr., a senior honor student at Butler High School in Matthews (Pride Teen Entrepreneur of Distinction winner) at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Anthony and Anita Shipman at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Winnye Wilks and Karen Terry-Johnson at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    New Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio and her husband, Robert, at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Pride Communications CEO Dee Dixon at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Artie Collins, Jesse Massey and Renee Aaron at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Kendall Taylor of Metro Transportation Services (Pride Minority Business Enterprise of Distinction winner) receives his award from Dee Dixon at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Astrid Chirinos and Manuel Rodriguez at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Angela and Mike Daniels at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Janet Cureton, Gwen Thomas, Regina Banks and L. Pollite Coleman at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Dee Dixon, CEO of Pride Communications, is surrounded by Pride Award honorees Floyd Mason Jr., from left, Mark Richardson, Kendall Taylor and Charles Thomas at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Danielle Ferguson at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Kathy Beckner, Bethany Guttas and Anne Shaw at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Dee Dixon, CEO of Pride Communications with Pride Award honorees Mark Richardson, left, and Kendall Taylor at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Dancing at the After-Glow Party following the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Charlon McIntosh, Bryan Stevens, Allen Owens and Bridget Anne Hampden at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Charlotte Knights mascot Homer, in a tuxedo, with guests Shirley and Eric Boulware at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    James and Sylvia Grandison at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    A celebration of the Charlotte Knights and the team’s new BB&T Ballpark uptown was part of the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Micalia Milburn-Thomas and April Harley at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    A guest sings at the Karaoke After-Glow Party following the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Charles Thomas, Charlon McIntosh, Bridget Anne Hampton and Steve Mack at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, the new head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency and his wife, Eulada, at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Taska and Mike Burks at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Former City Council member James “Smuggie” Mitchell and his wife, Joan Higginbotham, a former NASA astronaut, at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Mayor Patrick Cannon at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Pride Communications CEO Dee Dixon and Charlotte Observer Publisher Ann Caulkins at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Mark Richardson of Enterprise Holdings (Pride Corporate Business Diversity Champion winner) at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Joshua King, a 13-year-old Charlotte singer, songwriter and musician, performed the national anthem at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Charlotte Knights mascot Homer wore his tuxedo to the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Pride Communications CEO Dee Dixon at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Gwen Thomas at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    David and Susan Keesler at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Levi Williams and Jazamek Price at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Lawana Mayfield and Rhonda Watlington at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Micalia Milburn-Thomas and Charles Thomas at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Dee Dixon, CEO of Pride Communications, is surrounded by Pride Award honorees Floyd Mason Jr., from left, Mark Richardson, Kendall Taylor and Charles Thomas at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Fulton and Jeanette Meacham at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Mayor Patrick Cannon at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Keynote speaker Sunil Erevelles, the chairman of the Department of Marketing at the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte, at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Emcee and WCNC-TV anchor Sonja Gantt at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Charles Thomas of Queen City Forward (Non-Profit of Distinction winner) at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    A guest sings at the Karaoke After-Glow Party following the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    The 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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    Dee Dixon, CEO of Pride Communications, is surrounded by Pride Award honorees Floyd Mason Jr., from left, Mark Richardson, Kendall Taylor and Charles Thomas at the 21st annual Lowe’s Pride Awards at the Westin. (Photo by Daniel Coston - Special to the Observer)
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