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August 1, 2011 – Beverly Hills, CA – The Harold Pump Foundation has announced the 2011 Honorees for its 11thAnnual Gala on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.  The 2011 Honorees are: Jerry West, Marcus Allen, and Brian J. Dunn. The event will be held at The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California.  Doors will open at 5:30pm.
These all-stars join a star-studded list of guests scheduled to attend the Gala and celebrity golf tournament held at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita.  Tee off will be at 9am on Wednesday, August 3rd.  Other athletes and celebrities expected to attend include: Mike Tyson, Jeremy Piven, President Vicente Fox, Magic Johnson, Jim Brown, Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown, George Lopez, Ronnie Lott, Julius Erving, Oscar Robertson, Gale Sayers, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Lasorda, Jerry Rice, James Worthy, Warren Moon, Kevin Garnett, Barry Bonds, Pete Rose, Rod Carew, Clyde Drexler, Deacon Jones, Tony Gwynn, Randall McDaniel, Eric Dickerson, Candace Parker, Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk.
The event will benefit the Harold and Carole Pump Department of Radiation Oncology, the Carole Pump Women’s Center, and the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Cancer Center at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.  Since the event’s inception, The Harold Pump Foundation has given more than $4.7 milliontoward the treatment and prevention of cancer.Proceeds go toward the development of new technology, cancer screening, and educational programs for the underserved and uninsured.  Funds raised will also go to establishing a family plan for cancer patients at Northridge Hospital.
Combine a deadly jump shot, tenacious defense, obsessive perfectionism, unabashed confidence, and an uncompromising will to win, and you’ve got Jerry West, one of the greatest guards in NBA history. During his 14-year playing career with the L.A. Lakers, West became synonymous with brilliant basketball.  He was the 3rd player in league history to reach 25,000 points. He was an All-Star every year of his career and led L.A. to the Finals 9 times. West left the game holding records for career postseason scoring and the highest average in a playoff series.  When the chips were down, West was the guy the Lakers turned to for the big basket. Tagged “Mr. Clutch,” West was responsible for perhaps the most famous buzzer-beater of all time: a 60-foot swish that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Knicks.  Like many NBA stars, West came from humble beginnings. A smallish youth, West didn’t make junior high football, baseball or track teams.  His only outlet was a basketball hoop nailed to a storage shed outside a neighbor’s house. The dirt-covered court became his domain. In the rainy spring he dribbled in mud. When it snowed West played with gloves. He practiced shooting until his fingers bled. He taught himself his quick shot release by bouncing the last dribble hard off the ground. Until he got it right, the ball would frequently hit and bruise his face. West was motivated by a relentless drive to succeed. Years after a game in which he hit 16 of 17 shots from the field, sank all 12 free throw attempts, and notched 12 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 blocked shots, West told the National Sports Daily, “Defensively, from a team standpoint, I didn’t feel I played very well. Very rarely was I satisfied with how I played.”  This obsessive quest for perfection was a constant during West’s playing years, and it continued in his later roles as coach and general manager of the Lakers, later, as president of basketball operations for the Memphis Grizzlies, and currently, in his charitable endeavors.
Marcus Allen will long be remembered as one of the best to ever play the game at any level. His contributions to the NFL and the college game are legendary. Marcus ended his illustrious career as the NFL’s all-time leader on several prestigious lists. He played more games (222), rushed for more touchdowns (123), and caught more passes than any other running back in his era. The former MVP of Super Bowl XVIII and NFL Rookie of the Year was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003.  Allen began his NFL career in 1982 and played 16 years with both the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.
During that time he gained 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving, and scored 145 total touchdowns. At the time of his retirement he was the only player in NFL history with over 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving. He also set the NFL single season record in 1985 for combined yards rushing and receiving with 2,314. A six time Pro Bowl selection, Marcus Allen was a crowd favorite who always played the game with courage, tenacity, and class. During his college career at USC, Marcus Allen caught the attention of a nation. While playing for the Trojans he became the first college player to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season in ‘81. During that season he also scored a record 22 rushing touchdowns and set 13 other NCAA records. He was awarded the coveted Heisman Trophy for his accomplishments that same year.  Even now, Marcus Allen’s career continues to impress fans of both the college and professional level. He is arguably the best goal line runner to have ever played the game. A true Hall of Famer, his career on the field was legendary, and he continues to live up to his reputation as an All-Pro, even in retirement.
Brian J. Dunn is the chief executive officer of Best Buy Co., Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services with a commitment to growth and innovation. He assumed the role of Best Buy CEO on June 24, 2009.  Dunn started with Best Buy in 1985 as a sales associate when the company operated just a dozen stores. In 1989 he became a store manager and in 1990 a district manager in Minnesota. He was promoted to regional manager for Ohio, Indianapolis and Philadelphia stores in 1996, and in May, 1998 he became regional vice president of the northeastern region, leading Best Buy’s entry into that market.  He was promoted to senior vice president of Division 3 Retail Sales in March 2000, which encompassed all of Best Buy’s East Coast operations. He was named Executive Vice President of U.S. Retail in 2002, and President of Retail, North America, in 2004. He was named president and chief operating officer of Best Buy in 2006.  Dunn also is a member of the Best Buy Board of Directors. Dunn’s multi-level career has equipped him with a special contextual understanding of how a company lives and breathes.  Under Brian’s leadership, Best Buy has focused on strengthening our communities by donating up to 1.5% of the company’s pre-tax earnings through the Best Buy Children’s Foundation and other corporate giving programs.
The Harold Pump Foundation, based in Northridge, California, is a nonprofit organization started in 2000 by twin brothers Dana and David Pump in memory of their father, Harold.  For tickets to the event, please call The Harold Pump Foundation at 310.996.1188.
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