A legal group is hosting a dinner in San Francisco tonight to honor individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to ending gun violence, including Dr. Peter Rhee, the trauma surgeon who treated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in Arizona in January.

Rhee will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award and will speak at tonight’s Legal Community Against Violence dinner.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be the keynote speaker at the event, which also commemorates the 18th anniversary of the tragic shooting at 101 California St. in San Francisco that left nine dead and five injured.

The 1993 shooting led to the founding of Legal Community Against Violence, which started in the Bay Area and has since become a national organization, organizers said.

Tonight’s dinner is taking place at the Sheraton Palace Hotel.

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