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Two Kentuckians to Receive Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards on September 12: Dr. Mark Lynn and Amy Hehre

Other Awardees include Michael J. Fox, Mark Tewksbury, and Six Individuals 30 Years and Under, Hailing from Six Countries

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WHAT: Seventh Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, honoring “seasoned”humanitarians and “Six Core Principle” awardees, all 30 years old and under.   The annual gala and awards ceremony is a charitable event for the Muhammad Ali Center and also raises awareness of Muhammad Ali’s legacy as a global humanitarian. This year’s theme is Courage.

WHEN: Thursday evening, September 12th

Red Carpet:  5:30pm; General Registration: 6:00pm; Program and Dinner 7:00pm

WHERE:Louisville Marriott Downtown, 280 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky

WHO: Host:  Negin Farsad,Writer, Director, Actor, Social Justice Comedian

“Seasoned” Awardees

Michael J. Fox: Award-winning actor & Parkinson’s disease advocate (Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Courage)

Michael Lang: Producer & co-creator of 1969 Woodstock Festival (Muhammad Ali Humanitarian for Lifetime Achievement) 

Mark Tewksbury: Olympic Gold Medalist from Canada(swimming) and advocate for justice, fair play, and equal rights (Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality)

AmyHehre*: CEO & Founder of OVI Children’s Hospital in Kenya (Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship) *Born and raised in Somerset, Kentucky

Dr.Mark Lynn*:  Owner and operator of 90 Visionworks, President of Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates,philanthropist (Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award)   *Born in Louisville and raised in Owensboro, Kentucky

“Six Core Principle” Awardees

Waad Al-Kateab: Age 28 (Home country:  Syria) Conviction Award

Shadrack Frimpong: Age 27 (Home country:  Ghana) Dedication Award

Jared Hiakita: Age 30 (Home Country:  New Zealand) Spirituality Award

Majd Almashharawi: Age 25 (Home Country:  Gaza) Confidence Award

Laura Ulloa: Age 29 (Home Country:  Colombia) Respect Award

Michele Madison: Age 24 (Home Country:  USA) Giving Award

Award Presenters

Lonnie Ali, Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center and wife of Muhammad Ali

Anwar Khan, President of Islamic Relief, USA

Cordelia Cranshaw, Miss District of Columbia, USA, former foster youth and foster system advocate

Brenda Berkman, retired Captain, New York City Fire Department

Gwen Mooney, President and CEO of Cave Hill Cemetery, Muhammad Ali’s final resting place

Award Docents

Stella Musselman: Kentucky Country Day School Student, Granddaughter of Ina Brown Bond, and Great Granddaughter of W.L. Lyons Brown

Quintez Brown: University of Louisville Student and Biweekly columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal

This year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are supported by: Brown-Forman, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Caesars Foundation, ESPN, Inc., Islamic Relief, Tandem Public Relations, Ashbourne Farms and River Bend Farm.

Tickets to the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are available until September 5th, and can be purchased HERE.

Read full press release HERE.

For “Days of Greatness”events surrounding the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards (MOTH Mainstage and Daughters of Greatness) visit

Photos of awardees and presenters are available upon request.