Concordia University in Irvine is preparing to hold its largest scholarship fundraiser of the year on Saturday, May 22.
A Gala of Stars, sponsored by the Friends of Concordia auxiliary group, will feature a dinner, awards presentation, silent and live auctions, and a musical presentation.
Some 450 attendees are expected to attend the event, which in the past has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the school's scholarship fund.
Concordia alum Tim Mueller of Gothic Moon Productions in Orange will transform the university’s sports arena into a grand ballroom.
Coto de Caza residents Phillip and Pamela Wheeler will serve as co-chairs for the black-tie event, and KOCE’s Ed Arnold will be master of ceremonies.
The university will present Servant Leadership Awards to Jim Palmer, president of the Orange County Rescue Mission, and Jackie Oesch, fonder of Full Value Ministries.
The Rev. Robert Holst, founding faculty member of the Irvine institution and current president of the school's St. Paul, Minn., branch, will receive the Great Commission Award from the board of regents.
The entertainment for the evening: an original musical, "Celebrating America's Rhythm," performed by Concordia students.
Concordia University is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.