Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, Sam Moore, David Foster Raise Millions for 23rd Annual Celebrity Fight Night


Last night in Phoenix: Celebrity Fight Night went on for the 23rd year without the late Muhammad Ali, but always in his honor and memory with lots of celebrities and no fights! Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, “Soul Man” Sam Moore, Reba McEntire and more helped Lonnie Ali, the Champ’s widow, and Jimmie Walker raise millions for Parkinson’s research.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Moore roused the crowd with “Take Me to the River,” “God Bless America,” and “Soul Man” led by David Foster and the orchestra.

Other performers included Reba, Dennis Quaid, Brooks and Dunn, Colbie Caillat. Mike Love of the Beach Boys closed the night with a medley of the group’s Brian Wilson-penned hits.

Harrison Ford and Italian fashion designer Stefano Ricci were honored with the 2017 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards.

Other celebs who attended the weekend events included Sharon Stone, Laila Ali, John Paul DeJoria, Bo Derek, Larry Fitzgerald, Kirk Gibson, Cale Hulse, Robert Kennedy Jr., Larry King, Nancy Lieberman, Gena Lee Nolin, Bob & Renee Parsons (he started GoDaddy, now runs a big foundation wth that co-sponsored), the very funny Melissa Peterman, and uber Olympian Michael Phelps.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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