OAKLAND -- East Palo Alto Police Chief Ronald Davis, a former commander with the Oakland Police Department, will speak at the annual Purple Gala Awards Wednesday hosted by 1,000 Mothers to Prevent Violence.

The event, "An Evening of Healing and Remembrance for Homicide Victim Survivors," will include a full-course holiday dinner, prizes and entertainment by saxophonist Andrew Soto, host of "Morning Mix" on KPFA 94.1 FM.

The gala is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at St. Columba Catholic Church Hall, 6401 San Pablo Ave.

The public is invited to attend this free event. For more information, call 510-583-0100 or visit www.1000mothers.org.