11
Jun
09

Muhammad Ali’s Fight Night, Celebrities raises more than $7.5 million

Muhammad Ali on a videoscreen. Fight Night XIV held at the JW Marriott Resort - show. Phoenix, Arizona - 05.04.08

Muhammad Ali on a videoscreen. Fight Night XIV held at the JW Marriott Resort - show. Phoenix, Arizona - 05.04.08

Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIV raised a total of more than $7.5 million dollars for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. Fight Night was held on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

Oscar winning Director, actor and producer Kevin Costner was presented with the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Achievement Award during. The actor delivered a moving acceptance speech to a riveted crowd. 
“Muhammad Ali changed our lives, and not just because he was the greatest boxer who ever lived. He was,” Costner said. “More than any other person in sports history, he represented to me the effect that a champion can have on the world when they leave their sport.”
Other honorees included legendary music mogul Clive Davis, football player LaDainian Tomlinson, and singer/actress Reba McEntire, who also served as the emcee for the evening.
The show kicked off with a rousing performance from country music star Collin Raye, who got the crowd on its feet with his hit “That’s My Story.” Legendary diva Dionne Warwick received a standing ovation for her performance of the hit “I’ll Never Love this Way Again.” Arizona native and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks entertained with two songs. Guests received a very special treat when presenter Faith Hill came to the stage to perform her hit song “This Kiss” after a generous bidder offered $100,000 to the organization to hear her sing. Honoree Reba McEntire also took the stage with a crowd pleasing performance of “Love Revival.” Comedian Sinbad performed a hilarious stand-up routine. John Mellencamp, recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, closed out the show with a five song set that included his hits “Jack & Diane,” “Small Town,” and “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” at the request of the Champ himself.
 
The event also featured an exciting live auction offering one of-a-kind luxury item, such as dinner at Reba McEntire’s Beverly Hills, California home which went for $500,000, an extreme skate party hosted by Tony Hawk, a unique golf experience and dinner with legendary golfer Arnold Palmer which was purchased for $600,000, a dream day on the golf course with Phil Mickelson for $500,000, an intimate gourmet dinner with the Lonnie and Muhammad Ali for $200,000, dinner in one of the finest restaurants with David Foster and Andrea Bocelli which went for $260,000, and a one-of-a-kind 2008 Roush P-51A Mustang Convertible which sold for $300,000.
Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised more than $50 million dollars in 14 years. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and has been supporting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities.
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