NOVEMBER 5, 2016
Torrance, CA



Honoree Recognition

Transformed Communities.
Empowered Lives. Fulfilled Dreams.

“I get up every day and, fueled by my vivid imagination and endless curiosity, remain determined to stick around, to be vibrant and active and to give of my time and considerable energy to help others.”
– Jerry West

Throughout history and today, we see greatness in individuals passionately pursuing positive change with vision, tenacity, and dedication that inspires those around them. Among these individuals is Jerry West, a man whose life exemplifies true leadership by helping others better themselves. His influence and encouragement has led teams and individuals to achieve their very best. Join us November 5 as Sharefest celebrates West’s contributions to the community and as we recognize local architects of transformation. 

2016 Gala Honorees


Honorary Chair

Jerry West

Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award

Special Guests Include:

John Ireland

Gala Master of Ceremonies;

Keith Erickson

Former NBA Player & Sportscaster

Mychal Thompson

Gala Award Presenter;
Former L.A. Lakers Player & Sportscaster

Mark Medina

L.A. Lakers Sportswriter

James Worthy

L.A. Lakers Legend & NBA Hall of Famer

Elgin Baylor

L.A. Lakers Legend & NBA Hall of Famer

Gary Vitti

Former L.A. Lakers Athletic Trainer

Past Gala Honorees

2015 Youth hero Award

Nnamdi Asomugha

Chairman, Asomugha Foundation, Inc.
Retired NFL Cornerback

The Asomugha Foundation is proud to work alongside Sharefest to help motivate disadvantaged youth to actively pursue both their college and career goals. We share similar missions, and are dedicated to working together to create a supportive environment where tomorrow’s leaders will thrive.”

- Nnamdi Asomugha

2015 Legacy award

JOyce sharman

Wife of late Bill Sharman

This world needs more programs like Sharefest’s Youth Development Academy to build relationships with and encourage young people along their journeys. I greatly enjoy seeing these youth excited about learning and developing their strengths as leaders, and am humbled and thankful for the opportunity to play a part in this great work.”

- Joyce Sharman

2013 Honorary chair

Clayton Kershaw

MLB All-Star Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers 

I am blessed to have a career that allows me to use my gifts and strengths not only in baseball, but also to reach out and give back and inspire others. Ellen and I have a heart for encouraging youth, and we’ve enjoyed partnering with Sharefest this year to do just that.

- Clayton Kershaw


Don Knabe

Supervisor, Los Angeles County, 4th District

The cities I serve are strengthened by Sharefest’s commitment to building better communities through ongoing programs like the annual Workday, a day of collaboration and service, and the Youth Development Academy, which empowers youth and prepares them to be tomorrow's leaders. I am honored to champion Sharefest as they leave a lasting legacy of positive change.”

- Don Knabe

2014 Honorary Chair

Joe Buscaino

Councilman, 15th District, City of Los Angeles

“It has been an honor to partner with Sharefest in numerous initiatives to improve our communities. From renovating recreation centers and beautifying schools to youth leadership programs and supporting families in need, Sharefest continues to bring residents together to improve the quality of life in my district.”

- Councilman Joe Buscaino

Watch a Recap of Last Year's Gala

Learn more about Sharefest

Community Workday

Summer Youth Development Academy

2016 Gala Sponsors

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