Lionel Richie Joins Lineup for First International Installment of Celebrity Fight Night Charity Event

By Andrea Dresdale

Mark Davis/NBCLionel Richie, super-producer David Foster and others are heading to Italy next month for Celebrity Fight Night, an annual benefit that raises money for Parkinson’s disease. While it’s normally held in Phoenix, Arizona, this will mark the first year that the event has been held outside the U.S.

Also on the bill are country star Reba McEntire, Larry King, Sophia Loren and opera star Andrea Bocelli. Boxing legend and Parkinson sufferer Muhammad Ali, the face of Celebrity Fight Night, also has been invited.

The weekend-long event will feature 100 donors and special guests being wined and dined around Tuscany, Italy, and they’ll be entertained at a private party where Lionel, Reba, comedian Sinbad and others will perform; David Foster will be the musical director.

The weekend, which will feature the participation of top Italian fashion houses, as well as automaker Maserati, culminates in a gala dinner September 7 where Bocelli will perform. His charity foundation will also benefit from the event.

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