Hollywood celebrities dazzled in Phoenix on the red carpet at this year’s Celebrity Fight Night at the JW Marriot Resort and Spa. Celebrity Fight Night is recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events. The event brings professional athletes, musical artist and celebrities together for one night to raise money to aid in the research to finding a cure to end Parkinson’s disease.
Over the past 20 years Celebrity Fight Night has raised over $100 million and this year $7 million more was raised benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other charities. This year country music star Reba McEntire celebrated her birthday and her tenth anniversary as host and emcee. Her good friend, country singer and host of "The Voice" on NBC Blake Shelton wished her a very special happy birthday and sang his hit song “Drink on it” and his new single “Boys Round Here”.
Among the honorees this year receiving special recognition for their charitable works by Muhammad Ali were Multi-Platinum recording artist Josh Groban, Seattle Seahawk’s quarterback Russell Wilson, and philanthropists Glenn and Mindy Stearns.
One of the highlights of Celebrity Fight Night each year is the items that are auctioned off. This year the list of live auction prizes included one-of-a-kind luxury items. A VIP game experience with quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, a once in a life time trip to the Himalayas with Robert Kennedy Jr. and Cheryl Hines and a vacation getaway with Richard Branson on his private Caribbean Island.
After the cocktail reception and dinner guest enjoyed a performance by Kelly Clarkson who sang a few of her biggest hits including “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Walk Away”. Comedian Frank Caliendo performed a comedy set along with some impersonations and the Queen of the Disco era, Gloria Gaynor brought the crowd to their feet, closing out the evening with an electric performance of “I Will Survive.”
Sean Currie, Executive Director of Celebrity Fight Night Foundation overseas the entire operation of the event from the initial planning stages to putting the acts on stage. Mr. Currie is working on next year’s event for it takes an entire year to plan out all the stages and secure the caliber of talent that makes Celebrity Fight Night the nation’s elite charity event.
For more information on Celebrity Fight Night or to make a donation to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute please visit their website, Celebrity Fight Night.