Celebrity Fight Night 2011 Recap

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By • Mar 23rd, 2011 • Category: Sports and Leisure

Sometimes I can’t believe my life.¬†This weekend, when I was dancing on a stage with Kelly Clarkson and she stuck her mic in my face, was one of those times.

This weekend was Celebrity Fight Night, and I was lucky enough to receive an invitation from my pal Mark Rosendahl from Aventura Catering, who did all of the beautiful food for the Celebrity Fight Night Founder’s Dinner the evening before. (THANK YOU, MARK!) If anybody needs incredible food for parties big and small, Aventura is amazing.

Celebrity Fight Night was pure luxury, from the unbelievable ice scuplutre Champagne bars to the pink and white ranunculus and custom Chiavari chairs (hey, if you plan events you know those are about $11 each to rent). Not to mention the performances from Matchbox 20, Jackie Evancho, Bret Michaels, American Idol Top Ten finalists and the original American Idol herself, Kelly Clarkson. Reba McEntire, Halle Barry, Bo Derek, Verne Troyer, Frankie Muniz, Billy Crystal and tons of other celebs made appearances, too.

Each year the event raises money for The Muhammad Ali Parkinsons Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, and this year brought in an astonishing $6.6 million, thanks to a $1 million donation from Bob Parsons and crazy auction items like a signed “Glee” guitar, photos signed by every James Bond and dinner parties at celebrity homes.

Of course, the highlight of the event (and my life) was when all the ladies were asked to join Kelly Clarkson onstage to dance and sing to a rousing rendition of “My Life Would Suck Without You”. Of course, being the Idol fanatic I am, I was crowding the stage waiting to lunge, made it up to the front first and was thisclose to her for three entire minutes. She stuck her mic in my face at one point, and I knew the words (thank god) and didn’t embarrass myself.

While I didn’t have it in the budget to drop $400k for an evening with Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro in the auction, I did spy a little something I need to add to my shopping list. My friend/date Dove works at Kate Spade and has an incredible Lella clutch, which is beaded and super skinny, but fits a phone and digicam perfectly.¬†Unfortunately, her black one is already sold out. However I did see, when stalking Katespade.com, that there’s another colorful and spring variety available:

 

Swoon. You will be mine. Oh yes.

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