ALI’S CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT XXIII
HARRISON FORD TO BE HONORED AT MUHAMMAD ALI’S CELEBRITY FIGHT NIGHT XXIII
EVENT TO INCLUDE A SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MUHAMMAD ALI PRESENTED BY
BILLY CRYSTAL, SHARON STONE, AND LARRY KING
WITH APPEARANCES AND ENTERTAINMENT BY DAVID FOSTER, REBA MCENTIRE, BROOKS & DUNN, CAROLINE CAMPBELL, COLBIE CAILLAT, THE LONDON ESSENTIALS, MIKE LOVE, BRIAN MCKNIGHT, DENNIS QUAID, SMOKEY ROBINSON, AND THE SHADOWBOXERS
ADDITIONAL CELEBRITY ATTENDEES TO INCLUDE LONNIE ALI, LAILA ALI, LARRY FITZGERALD, NANCY LIEBERMAN, CARSON PALMER, MELISSA PETERMAN, EARNIE SHAVERS, VERNE TROYER, MICHAEL CARBAJAL AND MORE
(PHOENIX) Celebrity Fight Night announced today that Harrison Ford will be honored at Celebrity Fight Night XXIII: Celebrating Ali, a special tribute event taking place on March 18, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards were established at Celebrity Fight Night IV to recognize leaders in the sports, entertainment and business communities who best represent the qualities associated with the Champ and his fight to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Previous award recipients throughout the years have included Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Howard Schultz, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Joe Montana, Tony Hawk, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Magic Johnson, Reba McEntire, Michael Bublé, Jim Carrey, Forest Whitaker, Clive Davis, Larry King, Jack Nicklaus, Emmitt Smith, Wayne Gretzky, Michael J. Fox, Michael Phelps, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Evander Holyfield to name a few.
GRAMMY® Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire will return as emcee, with renowned music producer David Foster reprising his role as musical director. This year’s event will include a special tribute to the late Muhammad Ali with special words being shared by Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, and Larry King. Having first accepted an invitation to attend Celebrity Fight Night in its third year as a featured guest, Muhammad Ali helped put the now-legendary fundraising event on the map. Celebrity Fight Night is honored to have had Muhammad Ali as their featured guest for the past 20 years.
Celebrity Fight Night XXIII will feature on-stage appearances and entertainment by David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Caroline Campbell, Colbie Caillat, The London Essentials, Mike Love, Brian McKnight, Dennis Quaid, Smokey Robinson, and The Shadowboxers. Additional expected attendees include Lonnie Ali, Laila Ali, Melissa Peterman, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Earnie Shavers, Nancy Lieberman, Verne Troyer, Michael Carbajal and more.
Celebrity Fight Night has raised $127 million over the past twenty two years benefitting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. The black tie event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner, and exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences.
Sponsors of this year’s event include The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, USA Today, Porsche, Tequila Patrón, GoDaddy, M Group Scenic Studios, and GO Media Companies.
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.
For additional information or to obtain press credentials for the event, please contact Jennifer Parks at Rose+Moser+Allyn Public and Online Relations at Jparks@RoseMoserAllynPR.com or by calling 480.495.3806.
About Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford has starred in some of the most successful and acclaimed films in cinema history, including the landmark “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises and a total of eight Best Picture Oscar®-nominated movies. Ford has garnered a number of Best Actor award nominations including one Academy Award®, three Golden Globe Awards®, and one BAFTA Award®. Over the course of his illustrious career, Ford has also been repeatedly honored for his contributions to the film industry, including the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2000. Ford was most recently seen reprising his role as Han Solo in Disney’s “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J Abrams, a film that broke multiple box office records including highest grossing domestic film of all time.
About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by long-time Arizona resident and businessman Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Each year, Celebrity Fight Night attracts first class celebrities from the sports and entertainment worlds. Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, this power-packed evening leaves a lasting impression on attendees and provides significant dollars for various charities.