BOXING LEGEND SUGAR RAY LEONARD TO SPEAK AT PARKINSON’S ASSOCIATION OF SWFL’S EVENT AT THE NAPLES GRANDE BEACH RESORT ON MARCH 7, 2024
The Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida is thrilled to announce that legendary boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard will be the guest speaker at the upcoming fundraising event, “A Step Forward: Overcoming Obstacles.” This inspirational speaker-luncheon event that includes a live auction with exclusive travel opportunities, is set to take place on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at the exquisite Naples Grande Beach Resort located at 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Florida 34103. The program will begin at 11:30 AM. The PASWFL presents the event to raise funds for the programs and services they provide to the more than 7,000 people in Collier and Southern Lee County diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
One of the most enthralling sports figures of our time, Sugar Ray Leonard exemplifies the spirit of overcoming obstacles that so many in our Southwest Florida community with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) face. Leonard’s insights into overcoming life’s challenges, both in and out of the ring, will provide invaluable inspiration to attendees. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games, he turned professional to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred because of his father’s illness. During his twenty-year professional career, Leonard won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight divisions. He was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes, a record that stands to this day.
“We’re extremely honored to have legendary sports icon Sugar Ray Leonard share his inspiring story at our signature fundraising event this year,” said Mary C. Schoeffel, CFRE, Executive Director of the PASWFL. “As a champion who has overcome many obstacles in his life, Sugar Ray Leonard exemplifies the fight so many members of our Southwest Florida community with PD face each day. While the search for treatments and a cure for PD continues, the funds from this event support the services we provide locally in Collier and Southern Lee County to help those in our community with PD to live well.”
Event: A Step forward Overcoming Obstacles Luncheon with Speaker Sugar Ray Leonard
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2024
Time: 11:30 AM
Location: Naples Grande Beach Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, Florida 34103
Individual Registration: $300 per person (includes lunch, live auction and presentation by Sugar Ray Leonard).
VIP Registration: $500 per person (includes an invitation to a pre-lunch private VIP reception with Sugar Ray Leonard, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, a photo opportunity with the champion, and an exclusive VIP auction).
Registration Deadline: Please note that registration for this exceptional event will close on Friday, February 21, 2024.
A significant portion of each individual reservation, $100, is tax-deductible, providing an opportunity for attendees to contribute directly to the cause.
For over twenty-five years, PASWFL has provided front-line evidence-based, effective programs and services that improve the quality of life, educate, enrich, and empower our community members affected by PD and related neurological diseases. Each week the PAWSFL offers more than 20 programs and support groups for members with PD and their Care Partners in addition to the greater SWFL community. PASWFL programs are free to members and there are no fees associated with becoming a member; the membership application is available online at www.parkinsonassociationswfl.org.
The event is sponsored by BrightStar Care, The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley, and Naples Daily News/Local iQ. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit ParkinsonAssociationSWFL.org or call 239-417-3465. Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida, 2575 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Suite 301, Naples, FL 34119.