PRIDE AWARDS GALA GUESTS NAIL THE DRESS CODE

 THE O REPORT LOVED THE WAY TIFFANY CAPERS MELDED BOTH FORMAL AND CASUAL LOOKS THAT SUITED THE GALA'S FUN DRESS CODE PERFECTLY.  PHOTOS BY PAUL WILLIAMS III.

THE O REPORT LOVED THE WAY TIFFANY CAPERS MELDED BOTH FORMAL AND CASUAL LOOKS THAT SUITED THE GALA'S FUN DRESS CODE PERFECTLY. PHOTOS BY PAUL WILLIAMS III.

The Pride Awards, an annual gala hosted by Pride magazine, is always a stylish evening that includes a dinner and awards ceremony. In keeping with this year's theme, Building Communities - Changing Lives, a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, the gala organizers really had fun with the dress code. Normally it's a black tie event, but this year guests were told to either stick with formal wear or opt for "Jeans and Other Creative Things." As you can see from the photos, the partygoers reached into their fashionable tool boxes and pulled out an array of chic outfits. 

Besides watching how everyone interpreted the dress code, other highlights were seeing honorees take the stage including the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition, Reid Park Neighborhood Association president Rickey Hall and Mallard Creek High School senior Taye Martin; and Raising The Roof, the After Glow party featuring DJ Kool

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 Pride Magazine editor Lashawnda Becoats and syndicated radio journalist Francene Marie Morris. 

Pride Magazine editor Lashawnda Becoats and syndicated radio journalist Francene Marie Morris. 

 Francene nailed the fun mix of evening glam and casual chic. 

Francene nailed the fun mix of evening glam and casual chic. 

 The evening's hostess, Dee Dixon, center, the president and CEO of Pride Communications.

The evening's hostess, Dee Dixon, center, the president and CEO of Pride Communications.

 Janine Davis, left, and Sonja Gantt, right, executive director of the nonprofit Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Public Schools Foundation. 

Janine Davis, left, and Sonja Gantt, right, executive director of the nonprofit Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Public Schools Foundation. 

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 Sharon Holm, left, of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. 

Sharon Holm, left, of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. 

 Dana Davis and Mary C. Curtis. 

Dana Davis and Mary C. Curtis.