Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Westchester) will be among the honorees of the African American Alumni Association of Loyola Marymount University at its 11th annual awards reception and scholarship fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Sheraton Gateway LAX hotel in Westchester.
Waters, whose district also includes Playa del Rey, will receive this year’s Hon. Irma Brown Dillon Community Service Award.
The congresswoman, who represents California’s 43rd Congressional District, was reelected in November to her 12th term with the U.S. House of Representatives. She heads the House Financial Services Committee.
Waters’ 37 years of public service have been devoted to confronting issues such as poverty, economic development, equal justice under the law and other areas that affect people of color, women, children and the poor, said an LMU spokeswoman.
Other honorees at this year’s reception include LMU alumna Gail Mitchell from the class of 1975. Mitchell has been a senior editor of Billboard Magazine since 1999, overseeing coverage of R&B and hip-hop.
She also serves on the board of the African American Alumni Association and is on the advisory board of LMU Magazine. Mitchell will receive the William L. Strickland Excellence Award in recognition of her professional achievements.
KTLA’s morning co-anchor, Chris Schauble, will host the event.
Proceeds from the reception will go to scholarships for students. Over the past 11 years, the university’s African American Alumni Association has raised almost $1 million in scholarship funds that have been awarded to 205 students.
The Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel is at 6101 W. Century Blvd. in Westchester.