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A tradition of the Celebration of Life Fashion Show is to dedicate the day to a company or individual from our community who has inspired others and illustrates the true meaning of making a difference. This year, that honor goes to Taylor Farms.

Sam A. Lavorato Sr. - Of Counsel



Sam A. Lavorato Sr. has been practicing law since 1965, and is one of the most experienced lawyers in Monterey County. He is a pillar in the local legal community, and has also been involved with cases that have created new California law. Mr. Lavorato was born in Salinas on August 1, 1936, and was a member of the first graduating class at Palma High School. He attended the University of Santa Clara, where he received his B.S. in 1959 and L.L.B. in 1963. He was admitted to the California State bar in 1965 and served with distinction as Deputy District Attorney of Monterey County from 1965 to1969.

After practicing law for over 40 years, he is still as energetic and passionate as he was on his first day as an attorney. However, he now possesses decades of experience and knowledge in addition to that energy and passion. Mr. Lavorato continues to work 6 days a week to ensure the best representation possible for his clients.


Shirley Lavorato Event Founder, Sponsorship Chair

GALA-CY17-CA-Celebration-Of-Life-Fashion-Show-Monterey-HonorShirley Lavorato has been involved in philanthropy and civic volunteering for many years.  Her role on the Committee is and has always been a sponsor chairperson. “I am pleased and honored to say I was a founding member of Celebration of Life 23 years ago!” As a survivor, she is a true believer and passionate about the cause and work of the American Cancer Society.   She feels that her endeavors may make a small contribution to eradicate this dreadful disease and help society. She enjoys traveling and can boast that she has cruised most of the world. When not traveling, she loves live theatre and spending time with family and friends. The most important person is her husband, which she will quickly tell you is her soul mate and love of her life. She feels that her greatest achievement has been her wonderful three sons. She has five adorable grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter.  She also adores her daughters-in-law.