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Sharefest Gala 2016:
Architects of Transformation

Celebrating the Leadership of Jerry West 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 longtime NBA legend Jerry West with the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award for his selfless leadership, commitment to excellence, and dedication to serving the Los Angeles community.

The gala takes place Sat., Nov. 5, 2016, at 6 p.m. at the Torrance Marriott at 3635 Fashion Way in Torrance. John Ireland, current voice of the Lakers, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and former Laker Mychal Thompson will present the award.

“There are people who leave an indelible mark of excellence upon the lives others as they propel them to achieve greatness. For as long as I have known him, Jerry West has been helping others fulfill their dreams on and off the court,” said Joyce Sharman, Sharefest Gala Honorary Chair and wife of the late Bill Sharman. “While Jerry is known to most for his basketball achievements, it is an honor to present the Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award to him at the 2016 Sharefest Gala in recognition of his lifetime achievement of quietly and selflessly helping others. My husband would be so proud for him to receive this award.”

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2016 Gala Honorees

Joyce Sharman

Honorary Chair

Jerry West

Bill Sharman Humanitarian Award

Special Guests Include:


Gala Master of Ceremonies;


Keith Erickson

NBA Player & Sportscaster


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


L.A. Lakers Sportswriter


L.A. Lakers Legend & NBA Hall of Famer



L.A. Lakers Legend & NBA Hall of Famer


Former L.A. Lakers Athletic Trainer

Media Contact

Representatives of the media interested in attending the gala on Nov. 5 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

Sharefest in the News

November, 2016 - Los Angeles Times:
Jerry West weighs in on the Warriors and new-look Lakers


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