Providence TrinityCare Hospice among Charities to Benefit from Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman’s “Bill’s Ring of Hope” Raffle

May 01, 2013

Sharman Raffles his Los Angeles Lakers' 2010 NBA Championship to Benefit Charities

LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2013) -- William Walton "Bill" Sharman, retired NBA player and coach – and one of just three people to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach – is raffling his Los Angeles Lakers' 2010 NBA Championship Ring online to raise money for three causes, including Providence TrinityCare Hospice.

Sharman is teaming with NetRaffle.org by Celebrities For Charity for the raffle, which opened April 3 and continues through 8 p.m. June 7. The winner of the grand prize package will receive:

•Bill Sharman’s 2010 NBA Championship Ring, with engravings that include final score of the Lakers 83-79 Game Seven victory over the Boston Celtics

•Two premium tickets to a Los Angeles Lakers game during the 2013-2014 season (date to be determined)

•A travel allowance of $4,000 if needed for airfare, hotel and ground transportation for two

•A cash prize of $8,146.25 to mitigate tax liability resulting from winning the raffle

The total value of the prize package is $18,800. Raffle tickets are $2 each with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets required and can be purchased at http://www.billsringofhope.com/ or http://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffle/Bills-Ring-of-Hope-Raffle/. Winners need not be present and will be notified via phone or email.

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Providence TrinityCare Hospice, Toberman Neighborhood Center, Lakers Youth Foundation, Public Counsel, Angel's Nest, James Worthy Foundation, West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Xcel University, Inc.

“I wanted to do something to give back and help support the important and life-changing work that each of these organizations is doing for our community,” Sharman said. “I feel blessed that I can contribute to the meaningful work of each of these wonderful charities.”

Providence TrinityCare and TrinityKids Care, the only pediatric hospice program serving Los Angeles and Orange counties, are part of the not-for-profit Providence Health & Services. The programs provide a full range of hospice care, supporting patients and their families in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities and at home. Services are tailored to individuals and provide the Providence brand of quality and compassion.

“This is so heartwarming. Mr. Sharman is giving up a treasured ring, a symbol of his stellar accomplishments, and selflessly helping thousands of people served by TrinityCare and the other very worthy charities,” said Barbara Roberts, executive director of the Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation.

NetRaffle, powered by Celebrities for Charity, has raised more than $3 million for charities by raffling championship rings.

“Bill’s championship ring marks the seventh championship ring we have raffled off on netRaffle.org,” said Cleon Daskalakis, co-founder of Celebrities For Charity Foundation. “Owning a piece of history for as little as $10 dollars is a phenomenal opportunity for a fan.”

Sharman was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1975 and as a coach in 2004. The only others enshrined as both players and coaches are John Wooden and Lenny Wilkens. Sharman is one of the top 50 players of all time, and is the only coach to win professional championships and Coach of the Year honors in the same season in three different leagues (1962 ABL, 1971 ABA, 1972 NBA.)

Sharman spent the majority of his playing career with the Boston Celtics and then led the rival Los Angeles Lakers to a title as a coach in his first season with the Lakers (1971-72.) It was the first title for the Lakers since they had moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.

In the NBA, Sharman coached San Francisco for two seasons and the Los Angeles Lakers for five seasons. During his NBA coaching career, he had the opportunity to coach eight Hall of Famers, including Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gail Goodrich and Rick Barry.

Sharman moved into the Lakers front office in 1975, where he held the title of general manager until 1982. Sharman became the Lakers’ president in 1982. The team won titles in 1985, 1987 and 1988 before Sharman retired in 1988. Since then, he has remained on the staff of the Lakers as a consultant.

For press inquiries regarding Bill's Ring of Hope raffle, contact Heidi Buech at heidi@crescendopublicrelations.com or 310-869-4010.

For press inquiries for CFC and Netraffle, please contact Jenna DaSilva at jenna@celebritymarketing.com or 978-749-6700.