Glitz and Glamour
Millions raised at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night
(May 2016) -- The stars aligned once again in Phoenix this spring, shining brighter than any other night of the year. Celebrity Fight Night returned to the Valley, April 9, bringing an entourage of award-winning singers, entertainers and professional athletes together for one of the nation’s most scintillating fundraising events.
The stellar line-up included returning-emcee and Grammy Award-winning Reba McEntire, who shared the spotlight with musical director David Foster and a number of headlining acts, including country music duo Brooks & Dunn, comedian-actor Sinbad and Canada’s most popular vocal quartet—The Tenors. Culminating the evening was a performance by singer, songwriter, actress and two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Award, Carrie Underwood.
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker, who collaborated with Abraham Lieberman, MD, to establish the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Under Dr. Lieberman’s leadership, and with the help of Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, the center has evolved into a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, offering comprehensive treatments for Parkinson’s and movement disorders along with recreational and support networks for patients and family members.
Celebrity Fight Night has raised more than $118 million for charitable organizations since its inception and has donated more than $27 million to the continued development of the center.
The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center treats more than 10,000 patients annually and performs more deep brain stimulation surgeries than any other facility in the nation. Its namesake—the world-renowned fighter Muhammad Ali—made an appearance at this year’s Celebrity Fight Night, drawing admiration and praise for his indomitable spirit in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
It would likely be the boxing legend’s last public appearance before he passed away June 4. Although the Parkinson’s community mourns the loss of a beloved ally, the center established in his name will continue fulfilling Muhammad Ali’s greatest wish: offering unparalleled, compassionate care to all patients, while inspiring them to live their lives to the fullest.
About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. www.celebrityfightnight.org.