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Sharefest Gala 2017:
Agents of change

Celebrating the Leadership of Stu Lantz with the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award

The Sharefest Gala is an annual celebration of community growth and transformation, uniting supporters, volunteers, and youth who share a common goal of creating positive change through volunteerism, mentoring, collaboration, and leadership. This year, Sharefest will honor Lakers’ award-winning announcer Stu Lantz with the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award for his selfless leadership and his contagious commitment make the people and places around him better.

The gala takes place Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott at 3635 Fashion Way in Torrance.


Sharefest Community Development

638 S. Beacon St.
Suite 700
San Pedro, CA 90731

Ph. 310.626.8106
Fx. 310.325.1467

Press and Media
please contact:

Allison Oster

2017 Gala Honorees

Stu Lantz

Former NBA Player;
Award-Winning Lakers’ Color Commentator

Joyce Sharman

Honorary Chair

Steadfast and humble leaders celebrate the strengths of others and inspire the commitment needed for lasting change. Stu Lantz’s career in the NBA as both a player and an announcer has left its mark of excellence on the Los Angeles community. He is a faithful leader and champion of others, providing encouragement and belief to propel others forward. Stu’s quiet and gentle ways is a shining model of community leadership. For these reasons, Sharefest and Joyce Sharman are honored to present Stu Lantz with the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award at this year’s Sharefest Agents of Change Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

“The Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award is presented each year to those rare individuals among us whose very presence makes people and places better. I am so proud to present the award this year to Stu Lantz. In the many years that I have known him, there has never been a time that I have not seen him quietly serving others and offering his talents to improve others’ lives.”

– Joyce Sharman, Wife of late Bill Sharman and Honorary Chair of the 2017 Sharefest Gala

2017 Special Guests Include:



NBA Hall of Famer





NBA Champion

Past Gala Honorees:

2016 Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award

Jerry West

Executive Board Member, Golden State Warriors
NBA Hall of Fame Member
1960 Olympic Gold Medalist

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

Media Contact

Representatives of the media interested in attending the gala on Nov. 4 may contact Allison Oster at

About Sharefest

San Pedro-based Sharefest Community Development is public benefit 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2003 with a vision to create an imprint of lasting positive change in our community through mentoring youth, fostering volunteerism in the community through service projects, and establishing working coalitions made up of city leaders, schools, businesses and the faith community. Learn more about Sharefest and its work at