Plan Unveiling Press Conference

On April 11, 2002 Muhammad and Lonnie Ali, and others revealed the new building plans for the then anticipated $41 million structure that became the Muhammad Ali Center. The Center’s architect was New York City-based Beyer Blinder Belle, in consultation with Lee Skolnick-also of New York-and Bravura Corporation, a Louisville-based

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2002

It was during this year that the Muhammad Ali Center announced their first youth-driven program with new partner, SHiNE (Seeking Harmony in Neighborhoods Everyday), and solidified their partnership with Muhammad Ali Institute for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at the University of Louisville.

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2001

In 2001, the Muhammad Ali Center reached fundraising of 24.5 million dollars. $2 million of this was raised at the star studded “Roast in Los Angeles.

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Michael J. Fox, President/CEO

Michael J. Fox, was named President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center.

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2000

An anonymous $4.5 million dollar pledge was received by the Muhammad Ali Center. In addition, Lonnie and Muhammad Ali met with the General Assembly as Governor Patton presented his budget, which included a $10 million dollar donation for the construction of the Ali Center. This budget was passed.

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September 15, 1999

Lonnie and Muhammad visited Good Morning America to discuss the future of the Muhammad Ali Center

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1999

An architectural team was named in a joint venture: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture & Design Partnership, Beyer, Blinder, Belle and Bravura= Architecture Interiors Planning.

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First Logo

Original logo of the Muhammad Ali Center

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1998

Unveiling of initial Center plans. The design and location of the Muhammad Ali Center changed as the project developed.

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1997

$250,000 is raised for a feasibility study, Center site selection, and miscellaneous expenses. The city provided part-time staff, Tori Murden- McClure and Barry Alberts, to assist with this project. It was during this year that a Non-Profit Corporate Charter was developed and the Muhammad Ali Museum and Education was officially founded by Muhammad and Lonnie

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