Celebrity Fight Night Packs a Philanthropic Punch

March 23, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, announced today that Larry Fitzgerald, Starkey Labs CEO and founder William Austin, and philanthropists and founders of Discount Tire 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.

“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 Fight Night and a close friend of Ali. “We’re looking forward to recognizing their success and dedication at Celebrity Fight Night.”

Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntire, who is returning for her seventh consecutive year as emcee, will host black-tie event, which will also celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday. The evening will begin with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction and entertainment. Rascal Flatts will perform along with actor and singer John Corbett, Miley CyrusRita WilsonLionel RichieSinbad and Jackie Evancho, under the direction of David Foster who is returning for his 13th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director.

Additional guests will include Laila AliLance AlworthKen BlanchardBilly BlanksCurtis ConwayBilly CrystalBo DerekJason DeruloJohn HadlTony HawkLiam HemsworthEvander HolyfieldReggie JacksonMichael JohnsKris KristoffersonNancy LiebermanHarvey MackayKyle MasseyChris MasseySam MooreLou NanneLute OlsonMelissa PetermanChris RichGale SayersKevin SorboJordin SparksVerne TroyerBen VereenKurt WarnerBeanie WellsKen WhisenhuntDave 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.

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. Tickets begin at $1,500. For more information, click here.




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