Lonnie Ali defends local Celebrity Fight Night endeavor

This letter is in response to a recent article in The Arizona Republic involving Celebrity Fight Night, an event my husband and I have supported for nearly 20 years.

Lonnie Ali

Lonnie Ali

As many readers know, Celebrity Fight Night is an annual event that is held in the spring of the year here in the Valley.

It’s bright colored billboard ADs can be seen around town each year announcing the upcoming list of stars who have graciously agreed to be in attendance and perform, all in support of Muhammad and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrows.

Every year there is a sell out crowd, most of which are repeat donors and attendees. What most people don’t know is that Celebrity Fight Night funded the creation of The Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at Barrows.

Muhammad and my mission from the beginning was to provide first class care and services to patients and their families, regardless of their ability to pay and to bring care to those who would not otherwise seek or receive care for Parkinson’s Disease.

Since that time, Celebrity Fight Night has donated over $20 million dollars to MAPC, transforming it into a world class facility, caring for and treating hundreds of Parkinson’s patients annually, many from outside Arizona.

Thanks to CFN, MAPC has been able to attract outstanding Fellows in the field of motor movement disorders from around the world. Without CFN’s annual donations, this would not be possible.

Our outreach program is second to none, providing support and education to patients and their families throughout Arizona and offering the largest Spanish speaking outreach program anywhere in the country. The entire outreach staff’s salary is funded through CFN’s annual donations.

My husband always says, “We should be in a race to do good.”

I hope that race continues and CFN continues to do good in this community. Jimmy Walker and CFN has been in that race from MAPC’s inception. However, without Jimmy Walker, there would not be a Celebrity Fight Night.

Editor’s note: Mrs. Ali is the wife of Muhammad Ali

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