Celebrity Fight Night, one of the nation’s most significant charity events, announces that the Grammy-award winning band Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at Celebrity Fight Night XIX on Saturday, March 23 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
During the gala, Muhammad Ali will also honor Steve Martin with a 2013 Celebrity Fight Night Award.
The Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards acknowledge leaders in the sports, business or entertainment community who have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and have been instrumental in giving back to charity – key qualities associated with the “Champ.”
In the roughly three years since Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers have been touring together they have delighted audiences at Bonnaroo, New Orleans’ Jazzfest and The Newport Folk Festival to name a few.
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers’ latest album Rare Bird Alert debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Bluegrass Album.” Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers were named “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2011 International Bluegrass Association Awards.
Steve Martin is a four-time Grammy winner, the latest for “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo,” which won Best Bluegrass Album (2009). In addition, he won for his collaboration with Earl Scruggs on Foggy Mountain Breakdown (2001) and two for comedy albums “Wild and Crazy Guy” (1978) and “Let’s Get Small” (1977).
“We’re excited to have Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers join us for the first time in Celebrity Fight Night history and look forward to a successful night of fundraising for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and other great causes,” said Sean Currie, executive director of Celebrity Fight Night.
In addition to Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers and featured guest, Muhammad Ali, the star-studded gala will include Grammy Award-winning leading lady of country music, Reba McEntire returning as the evening’s emcee for her eighth consecutive year as well as 16-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer, David Foster who will serve as Musical Director for his 14th year
Additional performers and attending celebrities will be announced leading up to the event.
Celebrity Fight Night premiered in the Valley in 1994 when local celebrities donned oversized boxing gloves for a comedic fight in the ring before 400 attendees.
Today, more than 1,200 guests attend the event to accompany Muhammad Ali and other A-List celebrities. Celebrity Fight Night no longer features celebrity boxing, but by attending the event and bidding on live and silent auction items, each guest does their part to join Ali in winning the fight for charities.
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, Larry King, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many more.
Individual tickets range from $1,500 to $5,000 each. For reservations, call (602) 956-1121.
About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker to support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visit www.celebrityfightnight.org.
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