4:09pm PT by Chris Gardner
Harrison Ford Headed to Arizona for Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night (Exclusive)
Celebrity Fight Night has tapped Harrison Ford for top honors at Celebrity Fight Night XXIII: Celebrating Ali, a special tribute event set for March 18 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards were established at Celebrity Fight Night IV to recognize leaders in sports, entertainment and/or business who best represent the qualities associated with Ali and his fight to find a cure for Parkinson's disease. This year’s event will include a special tribute to the late Ali with special words being shared by Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone and Larry King.
Ford follows in the footsteps of previous honorees like Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Crystal, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Martin, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner, Magic Johnson, Clive Davis, King, Jack Nicklaus, Michael J. Fox, Michael Phelps, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Evander Holyfield.
Reba McEntire returns as emcee, paired with star music producer David Foster, who reprises his role as musical director. Joining the duo onstage will be Brooks & Dunn, Caroline Campbell, Colbie Caillat, Mike Love, Brian McKnight, Dennis Quaid, Smokey Robinson and The Shadowboxers, with additional attendees expected to include Lonnie Ali, Laila Ali, Melissa Peterman, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, Earnie Shavers, Nancy Lieberman, Verne Troyer, Michael Carbajal and others.
The event has raised $127 million over the past 22 years benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, among other charities. Sponsors of this year’s black-tie event include The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, USA Today, Porsche, Patron Tequila, GoDaddy, M Group Scenic Studios and GO Media Companies.