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Ali celebrates birthday in Las Vegas, raises money for research

LAS VEGAS (WAVE) – Boxing greatMuhammad Ali is using his recent birthday as a way to raise money for brainresearch.

Ali turned 70 in January.Saturday night 2,000 people attended a gala to celebrate his life and raisedmoney for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and theMuhammad Ali Center.

Tickets started at $1,500a plate and celebrities donated items for an auction that raised millions.

Tennis great Andre Agassiattended the event and said, "To be here's an honor. I mean Ali has changed usall and impacted us all whether we acknowledge it or not. And what we're doingright here in this community as it relates to brain health is changing us all,whether we're aware of it or not... so to watch it all come together is a greatthing."

President Barack Obamatold Muhammad Ali through a video message. In the message Obama said he shockedand inspired the world and continues to do so today.

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