LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dozens of celebrities from the sports, film and TV realms plan to fete boxing icon Muhammad Ali and raise money for brain research during a tribute in Las Vegas to be aired later on ABC.
The Saturday gala to celebrate Ali’s 70th birthday at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip will double as a fundraiser. The money will go to the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.
One of Ali’s daughters, Rasheda Ali, says the gala is another chance for her father to use his celebrity to help others and to further causes he cares about.
The gala is expected to include performances and tributes from Stevie Wonder, David Beckham, Larry King, Quincy Jones and others.