Sugar Ray Leonard to Be Honored

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Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard
Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard

This year, the annual African American Alumni Association fundraising dinner may prove to be a knockout.

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will be awarded the William L. Strickland ’71 Excellence Award during the 15th annual AAAA Scholarship Gala. The event, on Oct. 21, 2017, will be held at the renovated ballroom in the Proud Bird restaurant, near Los Angeles International Airport.

“Sugar Ray Leonard has demonstrated excellence throughout his career as a world-class boxer, broadcaster and philanthropist,” said Tom Arteaga, director of alumni relations at Loyola Marymount University. “LMU recognizes Mr. Leonard for living out the LMU mission as a man for others through the life-changing work of his foundation.” 

A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Leonard won a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic games before launching a 20-year career as a professional boxer and clinching world titles in five weight divisions. He has worked extensively as a television broadcaster and sports analyst, and with his wife, Bernadette, founded The Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to support care and research for pediatric diabetes.  

Also to be honored are Tara Duncan ’03, a director of original series for Netflix, Forescee Hogan-Rowles ’81, president and CEO of RISE Financial Pathways, and Bobby Adams ’71, retired president of Merritt College.

Duncan is receiving the AAAA Rising Leader Award. The Hollywood Reporter magazine has featured her as a top industry executive. She was a producer at AMC before joining Netflix.

This year’s Hon. Irma Brown Dillon ’70, J.D. ’73 Community Service Award is going to Hogan-Rowles to recognize her work and organization, which provides commercial lending opportunities – including micro loans, peer lending, and small business loans – along with business training, asset development programs, and banking programs.

Adams, a counselor and administrator for 33 years at Santa Monica College before taking the presidency at Merritt College in Oakland, championed his “student-first” philosophy throughout his career. He is receiving the AAAA Legacy Award.

AAAA was established by LMU alumni, faculty and staff in 2003 to provide financial assistance to deserving undergraduate students who achieve academically and actively support their community. While fulfilling LMU's mission of service and leadership, AAAA also promotes and fosters a sense of community for African-American students and alumni through professional development and social events.

The dinner is also an opportunity to meet the 2017-18 AAAA scholarship recipients. Tickets for the dinner are: $130 per person; $90 recent alumni (Class of 2007-17); of which, $85 of each ticket is non-tax-deductible. Click here to RSVP by Oct. 16, 2017.