Celebrity Fight Night Returns to Knock Out Parkinson’s
Since its beginnings twenty years ago, Celebrity Fight Night has grown into one of the nation’s premiere charity events. By harnessing the star power of A-list celebrities, millions of dollars are raised for organizations like the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. This facility advances the research of Parkinson’s disease (and other movement disorders) through clinical trials, while implementing the most current treatment options available, including deep brain stimulation. With a million people suffering from Parkinson’s in the United States alone, furthering these efforts is clearly a worthwhile cause.
Last year’s event raised $7.34 million, and expectations for this year are only heightened as the twenty-one year run approaches the $100 million mark for lifetime fundraising. In addition to the sale of tickets, which range from $1,500 to $10,000 per seat, silent and live auctions will also be in place to drive up the fundraiser’s revenue to reach this impressive milestone.
Celebrity Fight Night XXI will held March 25th at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix and will feature the talents of Josh Groban, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, David Foster, and Ronnie Dunn, with a special appearance by Muhammed Ali, of course. Reba McEntire will be celebrating her birthday and tenth year as emcee. A tradition of the event is to recognize deserving figures in “sports, entertainment and business communities who best represent the qualities associated with the Champ’s fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.” Past recipients of the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards include Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, and Jennifer Lopez, among many others.