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Posted by on Dec 6, 2015

Andrea Bocelli and Celebrity Fight Night Unveil Newly Donated Basketball Court at St. Vincent de Paul

Celebrity Fight Night founder Jimmy Walker joined Andrea Bocelli for the unveiling of a new basketball/sports court at St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix. Funds for the new space were raised at the 2nd Annual Celebrity Fight Night in Italy charity trip with Bocelli. The new Celebrity Fight Night Sport Court will serve as a recreation and basketball court for those who find themselves in need of services from St. Vincent de Paul.

Bocelli_RibbonCutting_StVincentdePaulSteve Zabilski, executive director for St. Vincent de Paul says, “We are so thankful for the Celebrity Fight Night Sport Court. Jimmy and Andrea and everyone at Celebrity Fight Night have made a dream come true in donating a place where our homeless guests now have a place to play basketball, and get exercise on our new Celebrity Fight Night Sport Court.”

Walker has a genuine appreciation and admiration for the organization and said, “St. Vincent de Paul is an organization that has been near and dear to my heart for almost two decades. Today, thanks to Andrea and Veronica Bocelli, our celebrity friends and all the donors who attended and supported our Celebrity Fight Night in Italy this past year, we are able to give our homeless guests a brand new sport court. We are hoping the Celebrity Fight Night Court serves as inspiration to our friends who are battling the streets and need a place to relax.”

Walker’s Celebrity Fight Night was founded in 1994 with the focus of raising money for local charities through a celebrity charity event. Since its inception, they have raised more than $100 million to benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute, as well as many other charity organizations. CFN has also helped create the “Never Give Up” program which offers the homeless encouragement and inspiration.

Bocelli_StVincentdePaul“Celebrity Fight Night has been a generous supporter of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow for many years now,” says Holly Shill, MD, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute. “We are grateful also to have had the support of Celebrity Fight Night Italy through the Andrea Bocelli Foundation over the last two years.”

After the grand unveiling, Walker and the Bocellis joined Lonnie Ali for a tour of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.

About The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center

The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona is the most comprehensive Parkinson’s Disease treatment facility in the United States.  Thanks to the support of Celebrity Fight Night, the Center is able to provide treatment and medicine for Parkinson’s patients who could otherwise not afford it.

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. For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.  2015 sponsors include The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, the Argyros Family Foundation, USA Today Sports, Patrón, GoDaddy, Etihad Airways, and M Group Scenic Studios.

About The Andrea Bocelli Foundation

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation was created in 2011 to help people in need due to illness, poverty, and social exclusion by promoting and supporting Italian national and international projects that support overcoming these barriers and full self-expression. Funds raised through Celebrity Fight Night will benefit one of the Break the Barriers Projects, this specific project is aiming to empower individuals and the community in Haiti. ABF supports 3 street schools and the Foundation is working to transform them into safe and functional structures that will become the pulsing heart of a more active community. Thanks to the CFN funds raised, ABF will be able to move forward in its work in the most remote areas of the island, bringing water, light, and agricultural aid, in addition to rehabilitation for the makeshift homes for the poorest of the poor.

About Barrow Neurological Institute

Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, is internationally recognized as a leader in neurological research and patient care. Established in 1962, Barrow treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal tumors, cerebrovascular conditions, and neuromuscular disorders. Consistently rated among the top hospitals in the United States for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News and World Report, Barrow is also home to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

Irene Michaels

Over the past 25 years I have taken on the roles of a producer, publisher, insider journalist and fundraiser. My artistic interests began early in my teens working as a model and a dancer throughout the U.S. I formed my first modeling agency before I was twenty. While modeling I secured a re-occurring role in the popular daytime TV series General Hospital. Read more…

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