PHOENIX (March 16, 2012) – Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, today announced Larry Fitzgerald, William Austin and Diane and Bruce Halle will be honored at Celebrity Fight Night XVIII on Saturday, March 24 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
Muhammad Ali will honor Arizona Cardinals’ NFL Pro Bowl Wide Receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, Starkey Labs CEO and Founder William Austin and philanthropists and Founders of Discount Tire, Diane & Bruce Halle with the 2012 Celebrity Fight Night Awards.
“Larry Fitzgerald, William Austin and the Halle’s have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity,” said Jimmy Walker, founder and chairman of Celebrity Fight Night and a close friend of Ali. “We’re looking forward to recognizing their success and dedication at Celebrity Fight Night.”
Celebrity Fight Night XVIII will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntire, who is returning for her seventh consecutive year as emcee. The black-tie event will also celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, an exciting live auction and entertainment. Multi-platinum recording trio Rascal Flatts will perform along with actor and singer John Corbett. Additional performers will include Miley Cyrus, Rita Wilson, Lionel Richie, Sinbad and Jackie Evancho, under the direction ofDavid Foster who is returning for his 13th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director.
Additional guests will include Laila Ali, Lance Alworth, Ken Blanchard, Billy Blanks, Curtis Conway, Billy Crystal, Bo Derek, Jason Derulo,John Hadl, Tony Hawk, Liam Hemsworth, Evander Holyfield, Reggie Jackson, Michael Johns, Kris Kristofferson, Nancy Lieberman, Harvey Mackay, Kyle Massey, Chris Massey, Sam Moore, Lou Nanne, Lute Olson, Melissa Peterman, Chris Rich, Gale Sayers, Kevin Sorbo, Jordin Sparks, Verne Troyer, Ben Vereen, Kurt Warner, Beanie Wells, Ken Whisenhunt, Dave Winfield and many more.
“We’re excited for an action packed evening of musical entertainment and look forward to a night of successful fundraising for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center,” said Sean Currie, executive director of Celebrity Fight Night.
Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the annual event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in the fight against Parkinson’s disease.
Over the past 17 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised more than $70 million for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other charities. Celebrities and professional athletes from around the U.S. join Muhammad Ali each year for this celebrity-filled night complete with live auction items and musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars. Previous guests include Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Larry King, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Nicklaus, American Idol’s 2011 Top 11 Finalists and many more.
Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each. For reservations, please call 602-956-1121.
About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Sponsors of this year’s event include CA Technologies, USA Today, Moet and AirSprint.
For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.
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