Fifth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Held In Louisville

09/23/2017 08:06 PM

The fifth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville Saturday night. The fundraising gala “celebrates people from around the world who are making a difference in their communities and beyond,” per the press release.

Award recipients include:

HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, the Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science Internationa Trust (RASIT), a medical doctor, geneticist and humanitarian, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Patricia Arquette, an Academy Award-winning actress, activist, founder of GiveLove and humanitarian receive the Muhammad Ali Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Ashley Judd, a Kentucky-native, actress and activist received the Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian Award.

Paige Elenson, a global humanitarian and founder of the Africa Yoga Project received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Global Citizenship.

Hill Harper, an actor, author, philanthropist, entrepreneur and founder of the “Manifest Your Destiny Foundation” was presented with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education.

Heather Heyer, was honored posthumously, received the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Social Justice. Heyer lost her life in August in Charlottesville, Virginia while protesting hate groups. Her mother, Susan Bro, accepted the award on her behalf.

There were also six honorees under thirty, who were honored as part of the “Muhammad Ali Six Core Principle Awardees”:

Gavin Armstrong, was honored for his confidence in advocating against hunger and malnutrition.

Mohammed Ashour, the co-founder and C.E.O. of Aspire- a company that develops advanced insect farming technology, received the Conviction Award.

John-Son Oei, the co-founder and C.E.O. of EPIC, a company that aims to build relationships between the urban and rural divide through building homes for underprivileged Malaysian communities, received the Dedication Award.

Iseult Ward, the co-founder and C.E.O. of FoodCloud, received the Giving Award.

Anoop Jain, was honored with the Respect Award for his work on public health initiatives in India.

Hannah Taylor, founded the Ladybug Foundation when she was eight-years-old (she is now 21). The foundation is a charity that has helped raise millions for homeless shelters and food-banks across Canada. She received the Spirituality Award.

Other celebrities in attendance included Michael Buffer; professional ring and sports announcer, Lonnie Ali; Muhammad Ali’s widow and co-founder of the Muhammad Ali Center, Jamillah Ali-Joyce; Ali’s daughter, Geoff Thompson; a five-time world karate champion and sports administrator, and Ruth Riley, General Manager of the San Antonio Stars.

Jamillah Ali-Joyce spoke with Spectrum News and explained the impact her father had and continues to have:


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