After finding success in its first year, “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” with Andrea Bocelli returned for its follow-up act in a big way, raising $12.5 million to benefit The Andrea Bocelli Foundation and The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Upon arrival in Florence on Thursday, September 10, guests were reated to a cocktail reception and live entertainment from the renowned chamber musicians of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino at the new boutique of Florentine watchmaker Officine Panerai adjacent to the iconic Il Duomo Cathedral. Then, Andrea Bocelli welcomed guests to the Panerai sponsored dinner in the Accademia Gallery under the gaze of the most famous sculpture in the world, Michelangelo’s David.
The pinnacle of the seven day experience was the featured gala on September 13, where guests walked the red carpet in the historical Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio. Andrea Bocelli, along with the extraordinary orchestra of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the direction of living legend conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta, headlined the evening. Reba McEntire and Sharon Stone received the Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Awards on stage during the evening. They were joined at the gala by Ronnie Dunn, David Foster, Larry King, Leona Lewis among others.