Annual Celebrity Fight Night benefits Ali's Parkinson's Center

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX-- Legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will be performing at Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday, March 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, while Reba McEntire will emcee.

Celebrity Fight Night is one of the nation's most significant charity events whose primary beneficiary is the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, the most comprehensive Parkinson's center in the country.

"There have been many Celebrity Fight Night events where I could only take part virtually, with my heart only and not personally," said Andrea Bocelli. "Finally this time I will be able to support even more effectively and embrace all those who are working on this project with the aim to raise funds for research and to defeat Parkinson's disease."

Italian international superstar Bocelli is one of the world's most beloved tenors known for his powerful voice and moving performances. Bocelli recently launched a new studio album entitled Passione, featuring duets with Jennifer Lopez, who will also be performing at Celebrity Fight Night XIX.

Additionally, guests will have the chance to bid on a live auction item that will allow them an opportunity to enjoy a private, intimate dinner with Bocelli in his hometown of Forte Dei Marmi in northern Italy and have access to his VIP concert in Tuscany.

"We are thrilled to have Andrea Bocelli perform at this year's event and are looking forward to providing our guests a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience at Celebrity Fight Night. Bocelli's performance is sure to be powerful, offering guests a special, intimate performance," said Jimmy Walker, founder and president of the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation.

"Since I've had the honor to know and then to enjoy the friendship of a legend such as Muhammad Ali, one of my private dreams has come true," added Bocelli. "For me to be there will provide a further opportunity to express to the great Muhammad Ali my dearest and most affectionate gratitude for his extraordinary peaceful battle."

This year's Celebrity Fight Night entertainment will also include Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, Billy Crystal, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rita Wilson and many more. Grammy® Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire will join featured guest Muhammad Ali at the star-studded gala. McEntire will return as the evening's emcee for her eighth consecutive year. Also returning will be 16-time Grammy® Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 14th year.

Over the past 18 years, Celebrity Fight Night has raised $80 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 have included Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Garth Brooks, Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, Jon Bon Jovi, Robin Williams, Rascal Flatts, Miley Cyrus, Jim Carrey, Larry King, Donald Trump, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Randy Jackson, Sharon Stone, Lionel Richie, Bo Derek, Rod Stewart, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, John Mellencamp, Chris Tucker, Forest Whitaker, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.

Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each and tables of 10 are priced from $15,000 to $100,000 each. For reservations, please call 602-956-1121.

Celebrity Fight Night XIX sponsors include CA Technologies, Belvedere Vodka, Moët, USA Today Sports Media Group, Go, PRO EM and M Group Scenic Studios.