PHOENIX -- The stars aligned in Phoenix on Saturday night for one of the country's elite annual charity events -- boxer Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night.
“We have to go meet The Champ,” said Lopez as she strutted the red carpet. “I’m excited. It's a great cause and [Ali] does a great job for charity and I'm just so honored to be asked.”
Jennifer Lopez was the headline entertainment out of a star-studded lineup that shines a light on Ali’s Valley based Parkinson Center.
“When I was 18 [Ali] signed my draft card. I have a photo of it,” said actor Steve Martin poking fun at the irony of Ali, a consciences objector who refused to be drafted for Vietnam, signing a draft card. “He was a great inspiration when I was a young man.”
“I come out to support Mohammad, the cause. Because like I said earlier there are so many people affected by this and for me I feel honored just to be able to help bring attention to it,” said actor Verne Troyer, who's best known for his role as "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers film franchise.
The evening raises lots of money. The lowest price ticket in the house is $1,500, all the way up to $100,000 for a table at the front of the ballroom. Since the event started nearly 20 years ago it’s raised $80 million for charity.
Other stars in attendance included country singers Reba McEntire and Billy Ray Cyrus, funny man Billy Crystal, music artist Andrea Bocelli, Valley resident Frankie Muniz and former heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield.
Recognized as one of the nation's elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening presented in honor of featured guest, Muhammad Ali. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the country participate in a night filled with incredible live auction items and live musical performances by many of today's brightest stars. This power-packed night of excitement not only leaves our audience with unforgettable memories each year but, more importantly, provides significant dollars for charities. Throughout Celebrity Fight Night's 18-year history $80 million has been raised with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as the primary beneficiary. Numerous other charities have benefited and countless lives have been changed thanks to the tremendous generosity of our supporters.