Loyola Marymount University’s (LMU) African-American Alumni Association celebrates its fifth year at its annual scholarship fund gala at 5 p.m., Saturday, February 24th, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, 6101 W. Century Blvd., Westchester.

The event features a reception, a silent student art auction, dancing and entertainment provided by CrossHart Jazz Experience, DJ Dense, The FYRM and KDAY 93.5 FM.

Tickets are $100 and semi-formal attire is suggested. The gala will raise funds for African-American Alumni Association scholarships. This year, more than 20 African-American students will receive nearly $40,000 in scholarships.

Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent David L. Brewer III will be the keynote speaker. Prior to his current position, Brewer was head of the Military Sealift Command.

Hosted by Rosemary Turner (Class of 1984), an LMU trustee and vice president of the UPS Metro Philadelphia District, the gala will also honor three African-Americans who, as outstanding leaders, exemplify the university’s mission of service to others.

John Davis will receive the association’s Legacy Award. He is the chair emeritus of the Department of African-American Studies at Loyola Marymount University and recently retired after more than 25 years as a sociology professor at the university.

Also honored will be Lawrence Bobo (Class of 1979), receiving the William L. Strickland Excellence Award.

Bobo is recognized for his work as the director of Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, as well as the university’s Program in African and African- American Studies.

The inaugural Hon. Irma Brown Dillion Community Service award will be presented to Irma Brown Dillion (Class of 1970, JD in 1973).

Dillion is a Los Angeles Superior Court judge in Inglewood and an LMU trustee. She is also a founding board member of the African-American Alumni Association.

Established in 2003 by a group of alumni, faculty and staff, the association provides financial assistance to African-American students and funds programs that enhance their academic experience.

African-American Alumni Association scholarship recipients are acknowledged annually at the fundraising gala during Black History Month.

In this year’s event, the association celebrates more than 50 years of African-Americans studying at LMU.

Information, (310) 338-5278,

http://alumni.lmu.edu/aaaagala, or events@lmu.edu