Celebrity Fight Night merges with Gateway for Cancer Research

Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, an internationally recognized philanthropic organization that has generated more than $ 90 million in charitable funding over its 27-year history, is merging with Gateway for Cancer Research, a global sponsor of innovative, patient-centered, clinical cancer research. The merger will lead Gateway Chairman and Vice Chairman Richard J Stephenson and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, respectively, to the Phoenix-based Celebrity Fight Night organization, whose charity events are synonymous with star-studded support for advancement in health and wellness. Celebrity Fight Night, whose work has supported a series of worthwhile causes, will now focus its firepower on defeating cancer, a devastating disease that kills millions of men, women and children around the world every year.

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“Stacie and I are passionate advocates of Celebrity Fight Night and its tireless work to combat neurological diseases and other devastating ailments,” said Mr. Stephenson, founder and chairman of the board of Gateway for Cancer Research. “It is an honor to usher in the next era for an event that resonates with so many people and has a tremendous impact on the cause.” Dr. Stacie Stephenson, Vice President of Gateway, added, “My husband and I, accompanied by so many others, have an unstoppable mission to end cancer as we know it. We support our mission with passion and sense of urgency for the patients we serve. Introducing Celebrity Fight Night into the Gateway for Cancer Research family will do a lot to accelerate the realization of our vision, which is to create a world where there is no longer any fear of a cancer diagnosis. “

Mr. Stephenson is a global investment banker and the founder and president of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, founded in 1988 after the death of his mother, Mary Brown Stephenson, from cancer. To honor his mother’s life and legacy, Mr. Stephenson pledged to change the face of cancer care. He created a new treatment model that changed the way surgeons, oncologists, and other clinical professionals care for cancer patients. This whole-person approach to cancer treatment coupled with a compassionate, nurturing environment is now known as the “Maternal Standard of Care” and offers a unique patient-centered approach to cancer treatment.

With expertise in regenerative, functional, natural and advanced lifestyle medicine – the hallmarks of a healthy, energetic life – Dr. Stephenson spent 15 years in private practice. Today, she is chair of functional medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and vice chair of the board of Gateway for Cancer Research. She is a well-known health and wellness speaker and the author of the recently released bestselling book VIBRANT! A groundbreaking program to energize, manage your health and shine. This month Childhelp honored Dr. Stephenson with the prestigious Woman of the World award.

As the founder of Celebrity Fight Night, Jimmy Walker has excelled at gaining support and approval from famous celebrities such as David Foster, Reba McEntire, Andrea Bocelli, Billy Crystal, Josh Groban and a host of others. That combined with many decades of passion has placed Celebrity Fight Night in a class of its own. The generosity of the numerous donors, including individuals such as the Stephensons and charities such as The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, helped expand the reach and impact of Celebrity Fight Night. Sincere appreciation also goes out to the Celebrity Fight Night board members who have provided tremendous support over the years: Mark Cavanaugh, Jerry Colangelo, John Langbein, Harvey Mackay and Nancy Walker.

“I want to thank everyone who made Celebrity Fight Night such a successful event and the foundation on which so many friendships have been formed,” said Walker. “I look forward to applauding the Stephensons and Gateway for Cancer Research as they continue the important work of Celebrity Fight Night,” he concluded.

Celebrity Fight Night is distinguished by its ties to the legendary Muhammad Ali, who served as the guest of honor at the gala for two decades until his death in 2016. “Mohammed and I were proud to be a part of Celebrity Fight Night for over 20 years, ”said Lonnie Ali. “The legacy Jimmy has created and the difference he has made in the fight against Parkinson’s disease, as well as so many other important causes, will be forever recognized. We are grateful to Celebrity Fight Night for the important role we played in establishing the world-class Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute. “

Sean Currie, who has been instrumental in furthering Celebrity Fight Night’s fundraising success since joining the organization in 1997, will continue in his role as Executive Director. Michael Burton, President and CEO of Gateway for Cancer Research, welcomed Mr. Currie to the Gateway family. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Sean over the years and have long admired his impressive work on Celebrity Fight Night. The Gateway for Cancer team and I look forward to working closely with such a talented professional as we join forces in our fight to defeat cancer once and for all. “

Planning for the next Celebrity Fight Night event is in full swing. The highly anticipated affair, known for bringing A-list celebrities to Phoenix and raising millions of dollars in charity funds overnight, is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2022.

For more information about the gala, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sean Currie at scurrie@celebrityfightnight.org.

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