Jimmy Carter, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton to headline Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award program | Events
Press Release from the Muhammad Ali Center
LOUISVILLE, KY - Recipients of The Inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were announced. Award-winners include Former President Jimmy Carter, singer/songwriters Christina Aguilera and Michael Bolton, Kentuckian Mark Hogg, and six young adults (35 and under) 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.
The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are unique because they are inspired by the six core principles that have guided Muhammad’s life---confidence, conviction, dedication, giving, respect and spirituality--and they also serve as the six pillars of The Muhammad Ali Center. The event will take place from 6:00-9:30pm on October 3rd at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville.
Jimmy Carter, the nation’s 39th president, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, co-founder of the nongovernmental, not-for-profit Carter Center, devoted to advancing human rights and alleviating human suffering, will receive the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award. Significant accomplishments of the Carter White House administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. He also was the first president to make human rights a central element of U.S. foreign policy. Since 1982, The Carter Center has worked to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease in many of the world’s poorest nations. President Carter has a longstanding agenda of pursuing peace and human rights for all people. He and Muhammad Ali have a history together, for in 1980, President Carter appointed Ali as a special envoy to Africa to lobby for a boycott of the Moscow Olympics following Russia’s military intervention in Afghanistan.
Christina Aguilera - referred to by many to as the “voice of her generation” - will be receiving the first ever Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award. Ms. Aguilera is an acclaimed American singer/ songwriter who has developed a strong following over the past decade for her musical versatility and her deep dedication to philanthropic causes. As one of the most successful recording artists of the decade, Ms. Aguilera has sold more than 43 million records worldwide and won four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award. In 2012, she was named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the World. Since 2009, Ms. Aguilera has demonstrated her strong commitment to world hunger issues through her role as global spokesperson for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief, a global movement and campaign to raise awareness and funds to end hunger. Through her public service announcement, appearing alongside Muhammad Ali, and through advertising and promotional efforts placed in tens of thousands of restaurants worldwide, this campaign raised millions for hunger relief and provided millions of meals, saving the lives of millions where WFP has the greatest need.
Michael Bolton, multi-Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and humanitarian, is receiving the first annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality. Michael has earned two Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal, 6 American Music Awards, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and sold over 53 million records worldwide. As a songwriter, he's achieved several awards, including Songwriter of the Year, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Michael founded the Michael Bolton Charities (MBC), now in its 21st year advocating on behalf of women and children at risk. In 2000 and 2005, he joined forces with coalitions of women’s and men’s groups, as well as members of Congress to pass, and then reauthorize, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Currently, the MBC is working on the creation of a Family Justice Center in Michael’s home state of Connecticut, as well as in Nevada, where MBC is expanding its mission Since 1993, over $10million has been disbursed to organizations across the country.
Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of Louisville-based WaterStep, has been selected as the 2013 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian. Through WaterStep, Mr. Hogg’s focus is on providing solutions to the world’s water crisis, from bringing safe water to developing countries to providing water for disaster relief and emergency contingency plans in local communities. He launched his non-profit organization in 1995 as EDGE Outreach and he has since championed the cause on a global level. In 2012, Mr. Hogg refocused and grew the organization to become WaterStep in 2012. That same year, he founded IF Water, an international water conference held in conjunction with Idea Festival ® and speaks to international audiences on clean water issues.
The Six Core Principle Award Recipients and Their Categories Are:
- Confidence - Tanvi Girotra, 22, of India, who leads a global youth organization that promotes education, combats sex trafficking and strives to empower women. Her group also works to involve young people in community development.
- Conviction - Muhammed Kisirisa, 25, of Uganda, who formed an anti-poverty organization that promotes self-reliance and strives to empower people living in impoverished areas. In 2011 he founded a community school that educates orphans and children whose families are touched by HIV and AIDS.
- Dedication - Craig Kielburger, 30, of Canada, who founded what has become a network of children helping children around the world. He founded the group Free The Children in 1995 at age 12 that involved a group of fellow students in his school The effort has spread to thousands of groups across North America and beyond.
- Giving - Nick Lowinger, 15, of Providence, R.I., began donating gently used footwear to children in his home state's homeless shelters when he was 5. He started the Gotta Have Sole Foundation in 2010, which has provided shoes to more than 10,000 homeless and disadvantaged children in 21 states.
- Respect - Zachary Certner, 17, of Morristown, N.J., who co-founded a nonprofit organization that conducts free sports clinics for special-needs children and sensitivity training to help other youngsters understand the challenges faced by special-needs children.
- Spirituality - Zahra Mahmoodi, 22, of Afghanistan, who fights for gender equality in her home country by promoting women's sports. She volunteered to coach the National U-16 Soccer team and organized women's soccer tournaments, hoping to build confidence in hundreds of young girls.
Donald Lassere, President and CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center said, “The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will shine rays of light and hope to the world as Muhammad, himself, has done for so many years. Our Muhammad Ali Humanitarians are saving lives and bringing hope to people all around the world. These outstanding young women and men are great examples of the legacy that Muhammad will leave on this world. It is through them and other young people like them that one day we will reach a world where no one has to be thirsty, where no one has to be hungry and where one day we can all live in peace.”
The Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will be emceed by Touré, co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle which airs daily at 3pm. He is also the author of "I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became An Icon," and “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now,” which was named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has published three previous books and is currently co-writing the autobiography of the legendary rapper Nas. He is a columnist for Time.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Lonnie and Muhammad Ali will be in attendance. Other confirmed guests are Mayor Greg Fischer, Senator Rand Paul, Congressman John Yarmuth, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Coach John Calipari, Coach Jeff Walz and the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team, Laila Ali, Ambassador Martin Anjaba of Namibia, musicians C. J. Vanston, and Michael Fitzpatrick, and others.
Tickets for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards can be purchased through the Muhammad Ali Center’s web site (www.alicenter.org/awards) or by calling 502.992.5353. Tickets are $1,000 per person, but there are also a limited number of tickets for sale at $500. Tables of ten are available for $10,000. The final date for RSVP and ticket purchasing will be Wednesday, September 25th.
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