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Stars Celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th Birthday in Las Vegas at Keep Memory Alive’s “Power Of Love Gala” Fundraiser

February 19, 2012 by  

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (L) and wife Lonnie Ali
Keep Memory Alive’s
16th annual Power of Love Gala on Saturday, Feb. 18, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas brought out some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday and raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and the Muhammad Ali Center (Pictured above: Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and wife Lonnie Ali – Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive)

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, wife Lonnie Ali and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, wife Lonnie Ali and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Highlights of the evening included a heartfelt “Happy Birthday” serenade by Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg leading the crowd in chanting “Ali” during his performance of “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and famed boxers Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns joining LL Cool J on stage for “Mama Said Knock You Out.” Stars like Sean Combs, Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard and David Beckham gave personal remarks and remembrances about “The Greatest” while Lenny Kravitz, Cee Lo Green and Kelly Rowland performed for Ali and the sold-out crowd of about 2,000.

View the Red Carpet arrival photos here

Actor James Gandolfini

Actor James Gandolfini

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

The once-in-a-lifetime birthday celebration, “Ali 70th From Las Vegas,” will air nationally on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 p.m. local time in all markets. ABC will air the celebration in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. PT that day as well. For possible ABC broadcast in all other markets, viewers should check their local listings.

Soccer player David Beckham

Soccer player David Beckham

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Performers and celebrity supporters who appeared at the event included Cindy Crawford, Randy Gerber, Samuel L. Jackson, David Beckham, Larry King, Quincy Jones, Ken Jeong, Buzz Aldrin, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Common, Lenny Kravitz, Sean Combs, Anthony Hopkins, John Legend, Chris Cornell, Cee Lo Green, Joe Perry, Slash, Terrence Howard, Kris Kristofferson, David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Jim Brown, Randy Couture, Brad Garrett, Kelly Rowland, Dave Koz, Robin Leach, James Gandolfini, Steve Schirripa, John Paul DeJoria, Tony Danza, Raphael Saadiq, Haley Reinhart, and Sammy Hagar. Boxing icons who attended include Manny Pacquiao, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Tommy “Hitman” Hearns.

Former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (L) and actor Anthony Hopkins

Former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard (L) and actor Anthony Hopkins

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

In keeping with its 16-year history, the Power of Love Gala showcased a celebrity-chef-packed dinner featuring creations by Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck. Guests were treated to a Dom Perignon reception and were able to bid on one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves he wore to defeat Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas in 1965 and an extravagant vacation of a lifetime for two couples on David Copperfield’s private island in the Bahamas.

Record producer Quincy Jones

Record producer Quincy Jones

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

The gala’s celebration for Ali aligns with the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s recent launch of a landmark study examining the long-term brain health of professional fighters. Aiming to improve the safety and health of fighters, the study will help determine whether magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain, along with other tests, can detect subtle changes in brain health that correlate with impaired thinking and functioning. Researchers hope the information uncovered by this research will eventually result in better ways to prevent permanent brain injury in not only fighters, but also in others who may suffer from brain trauma.

Television host Larry King and actor Chazz Palminteri

Television host Larry King and actor Chazz Palminteri

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

The Power of Love Gala was produced by Bill Edwards Presents Inc. and supported by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Muhammad Ali Enterprises and Keep Memory Alive, the fundraising arm of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The star-studded celebration for Ali honored the boxing legend’s contribution to the world and raised awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Former boxer Chuck Wepner

Former boxer Chuck Wepner

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Recording artist Stevie Wonder appears onstage with boxing legend Muhammad Ali and Lonnie Ali

Recording artist Stevie Wonder appears onstage with boxing legend Muhammad Ali and Lonnie Ali

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Lonnie Ali, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and recording artist Sean "Diddy" Combs

Lonnie Ali, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and recording artist Sean "Diddy" Combs

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Recording artist John Legend

Recording artist John Legend

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

 Recording artist Chris Cornell

Recording artist Chris Cornell

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Recording artist Sammy Hagar (R) and wife Kari

Recording artist Sammy Hagar (R) and wife Kari

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Chuck Mathewson, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Keep Memory Alive Founder Larry Ruvo

Chuck Mathewson, former boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Keep Memory Alive Founder Larry Ruvo

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Singer Kelly Rowland

Singer Kelly Rowland

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Rapper Snoop Dogg

Rapper Snoop Dogg

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Model Cindy Crawford

Model Cindy Crawford

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

 Former boxer Earnie Shavers

Former boxer Earnie Shavers

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

 Recording artist Cee Lo Green performs with showgirls from the Jubilee! production show

Recording artist Cee Lo Green performs with showgirls from the Jubilee! production show

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo

Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Singer Haley Reinhart

Singer Haley Reinhart

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Recording artist Slash

Recording artist Slash

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Rapper/actor LL Cool J performs his song, "Mama Said Knock You Out"

Rapper/actor LL Cool J performs his song, "Mama Said Knock You Out"

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Recording artist Raphael Saadiq (L) and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry

Recording artist Raphael Saadiq (L) and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Boxers George Foreman, Leon Spinks, Earnie Shavers, Ken Norton, George Chuvalo and Chuck Wepner

Boxers George Foreman, Leon Spinks, Earnie Shavers, Ken Norton, George Chuvalo and Chuck Wepner

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson

Actor Samuel L. Jackson

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Boxer Evander Holyfield

Boxer Evander Holyfield

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

Keep Memory Alive Founder Larry Ruvo (L) and recording artist Cee Lo Green

Keep Memory Alive Founder Larry Ruvo (L) and recording artist Cee Lo Green

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive.

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