Spotlight On Celebrity Fight Night XVIII in
Larry Fitzgerald, William Austin and Diane
& Bruce Halle Were Honored at Celebrity Fight Night
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Celebrity Fight Night was held on March 24,
2012 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix,
Arizona. The event pulled in more than $9.1 million to target
This years gala set a record with 1,300 people in
attendance. It was a black-tie affair featuring stars from
many walks of life - athletes, actors and comedians.
Celebrity Fight Night is one of the nation's most significant
charity events. This year Larry Fitzgerald, William Austin and
Diane and Bruce Halle were honored.
Muhammad Ali honored Arizona Cardinals' NFL Pro Bowl Wide
Receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, Starkey Labs CEO and Founder William
Austin and philanthropists and Founders of Discount Tire, Diane
& Bruce Halle with the 2012 Celebrity Fight Night Awards.
"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
Celebrity Fight Night and a close friend of Ali. "We're looking
forward to recognizing their success and dedication at Celebrity
Celebrity Fight Night XVIII was hosted by Grammy Award-winning
leading lady of country music Reba McEntire, who returned for her
seventh consecutive year as emcee. The black-tie event also
celebrated Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday. The evening began with
cocktails and a silent auction, followed by dinner, an exciting live
auction and entertainment. Multi-platinum recording trio Rascal
Flatts performed along with actor and singer John Corbett.
Additional performers was Miley Cyrus, Rita Wilson, Lionel Richie,
Sinbad and Jackie Evancho, under the direction of David Foster who
is returned for his 13th consecutive year as the evening's Musical
The top four live-auction packages was dinner with Andrea Bocelli
that went for 1.4 million, dinners with Reba McEntire and Tom Hanks
for $600,000 each, golf with Phil Mickelson for $400,000 and dinner
with Billy Crystal and Robin Williams for $400,000.
Additional guests included Laila Ali, Muhammad Ali, Lance
Alworth, Ken Blanchard, Billy Blanks, Curtis Conway, Billy Crystal,
Bo Derek, Jason Derulo, John Hadl, Tom Hanks, Tony Hawk, Liam
Hemsworth, Evander Holyfield, Reggie Jackson, Michael Johns, Kris
Kristofferson, Nancy Lieberman, Harvey Mackay, Kyle Massey, Chris
Massey, Sam Moore, Lou Nanne, Lute Olson, Melissa Peterman, Chris
Rich, Gale Sayers, Kevin Sorbo, Jordin Sparks, Verne Troyer, Ben
Vereen, Kurt Warner, Beanie Wells, Ken Whisenhunt, Rita Wilson, Dave
Winfield and many more.
Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local
celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in
the ring before 400 attendees. Today, more than 1,200 guests attend
the annual event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List
celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity
boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent
auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in the fight
against Parkinson's disease.
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. Previous guests
include Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Matchbox Twenty,
Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, Donald
Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Rod
Stewart, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Diana Ross, John Mellencamp,
Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Larry King, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Jack Nicklaus, American Idol's 2011 Top 11 Finalists and many
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. Sponsors of this year's event
include CA Technologies, USA Today, Moet and AirSprint. For more
information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.
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