Awards Paid Tribute to Muhammad Ali
Cindy Hensley McCain, Louis Gossett, Jr. among honorees
FUSION Served as Exclusive Media Partner
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (September 17, 2016) — The fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were held this evening at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. The fundraising gala honored people from around the world who are making significant contributions to their communities. In addition to awards given to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, age 30 years and younger, were honored with an award for each of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality.
NBC News’ and MSNBC’s Craig Melvin hosted the awards. FUSION was the exclusive media partner. This year’s awards also served as a tribute to the late, great Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3, 2016. Ali, who co-founded the Muhammad Ali Center with his wife Lonnie in November 2005, attended each of the previous year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian awards.
Awardees for the 2016 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are:
- Cindy Hensley McCain, philanthropist and businesswoman, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement.
- Jon Secada, Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, and philanthropist, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award.
- Louis Gossett, Jr., Academy Award winning actor and humanitarian, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education.
- Sheryl Lee Ralph, Broadway, big screen, TV actress and philanthropist, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship.
- John Rosenberg, founding director of the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, received the 2016 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award.
For more information about the “Seasoned” Humanitarian Awardees, click here.
The 2016 Thirty Years of Age or Younger Recipients of the Core Principle Awards are:
- Josh Nesbit, Waterford, Virginia received the Confidence Josh is the co-founder and CEO of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit organization that builds mobile and web tools for community health workers, clinic staff, and families in the hardest-to-reach communities.
- Shawana Shah, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan received the Conviction Shawana works to end gender-based violence in her native Pakistan and to provide women a platform to fight for their rights.
- Curt Bowen, Boise, Idaho received the Dedication Curt is the executive director and co-founder of Semilla Nueva, a nonprofit that develops locally-led farmer education programs that increase the income, rebuild the soils, and improve the food security of Guatemala’s rural poor.
- Jakob Schillinger, Tuebingen, Germany received the Giving Jakob is the co-founder of OneDollarGlasses, which produces high-quality prescription eyeglasses for a cost of less than one dollar per pair.
- Tina Hovsepian, Los Angeles, California received the Respect Tina is the founder and executive director of Cardborigami, a nonprofit that supports those who lost their homes due to poverty, natural disasters, or other crises.
- Navonel Glick (Voni, Tel Aviv, Israel received the Spirituality Voni is the chief operating officer of IsraAID and previously served as its programs director, leading disaster-response missions across the world.
For more information about the Six Core Principle Awardees, please click here.
This year’s presenters were:
- Lonnie Ali, Vice Chair and co-founder of the Muhammad Ali Center
- Rasheda Ali, author, speaker, spokesperson, Parkinson’s Disease advocate, and Muhammad Ali’s daughter
- Asaad Ali, college baseball assistant coach, and Muhammad Ali’s son
- Kimberly Brooks, host and correspondent for Fusion Network
- Amber Gell, rocket scientist from Lockheed Martin and NASA
- Mayor Greg Fischer, Mayor of Metro Louisville, initiator of the city’s annual “Give A Day” Week, and a Compassionate City advocate
- Teddy Abrams, conductor for the Louisville Orchestra
- Eli A. Wolff, co-founder of the Sport and Development Project at Brown University
**Dwight Howard was unable to make the Awards.
The performance line-up included:
- Mali Music, Bystorm Entertainment/RCA Records singer/songwriter, Grammy-nominee
- CJ Vanston, a Hollywood-based film composer, record producer, songwriter, keyboardist, and music director for Spinal Tap
- Michael Fitzpatrick, a cello soloist who performed at the historic meeting of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Muhammad Ali
- Teddy Abrams and friends, the conductor of the Louisville Orchestra
- The Humanity Passport Project Greater Community Choir, founded by Ambassador Shabazz
Michael Fitzpatrick and CJ Vanston, as well as Teddy Abrams, performed new original works created for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards and in honor of Muhammad Ali’s legacy.
This year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are supported by: YUM! Brands Foundation, Brown-Forman Corporation, LG&E and KU Energy, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harold C. Schott Foundation, Tandem PR & Marketing, Ashbourne Farms and River Bend Farm.
About the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards
The fourth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian awards will take place on September 17th, 2016 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky USA. This charitable event of celebration and recognition will honor individuals around the world who have made significant contributions toward the attainment of peace, social justice, or other positive actions pertaining to human or social capital. In addition to awards presented to seasoned humanitarians, six young people, 30 years or younger, are honored with an award for each of Muhammad’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality. This event is the premiere annual fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center.
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ABOUT THE MUHAMMAD ALI CENTER
The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the six core principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. Its newest initiative, Generation Ali, fosters a new generation of leaders to contribute positively to their communities and to change the world for the better. The Center’s headquarters also contains an award-winning museum experience. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org