The mission of the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida is to provide proven and effective programs and services that improve the quality of life, educate, enrich, and empower people affected by Parkinson’s and related neurodegenerative diseases.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear the inspirational legendary boxing champion and Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard while enjoying a spectacular lunch at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. All while supporting the Parkinson Association of SWFL’s mission to help our friends, neighbors and loved ones live well with PD right here in our community.
Sugar Ray Leonard
At the age of 20 (1977), Leonard won his first professional fight, only setting the stage for a collection of the most memorable fights in all of boxing history. He went on to defeat some of the greatest boxers of the modern era, from Wilfred Benetiz to Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler, from whom Leonard won the world middleweight title. During his 20-year professional career, Leonard also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions— the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes.
In 2011, Leonard published his first autobiography (Viking Books) THE BIG FIGHT: My Life In and Out of the Ring. In the inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend vulnerably confronts his greatest competitor: himself. Sugar Ray Leonard’s raw and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex human who waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction and greed, that lay behind the champion.
Leonard’s charismatic personality and expert ring knowledge led to a successful career as a television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, FOX, HBO and ESPN, also featured as the international commentator for the record-breaking Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. Other television credits include three consecutive seasons as host and mentor in the Emmy-nominated “The Contender,” and a fan-favorite contestant on ABC’s still reigning competition series, “Dancing with the Stars.” Previously, Leonard also joined the DAZN broadcast team, the live and on-demand sports streaming platform, providing ringside analysis for Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Boxing.
Event: A Step Forward Overcoming Obstacles with Legendary Boxing Champion Sugar Ray Leonard
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: Naples Grande Beach Resort
475 Seagate Drive Naples, Florida 34103
Speaker: Sugar Ray Leonard
Benefitting: The Parkinson's Association of SWFL
Honorary Chair: Lorna Fedelem, MD
($100 of each individual reservation is tax deductible)
Photos from our 2023 luncheon.
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Contact Mary C. Schoeffel at 239-417-3465
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Photos from 2023 Patron Party with speaker Pete Hegseth
2019 Judge Jeanine Pirro
Judge Jeanine Pirro is an Emmy Award winning District Attorney speaks at lunch to support Parkinson Association SWFL.
2018 Rasheda Ali
Rashida Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali speaks at lunch to support Parkinson Association SWFL.
January 2017 Naples Daily News