The Oscar-winning actor is scheduled to be honored as part of an extravagant seven-day affair to benefit the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
Article by Chris Gardner
Nicolas Cage is heading to Europe, where he will receive the Andrea Bocelli Humanitarian Award at the third annual Celebrity Fight Night in Italy.
The award will be presented to the Oscar-winning actor at a gala event, which is being packaged as part of a seven-day fundraising trip from Sept. 7-13. Funds raised will benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.
More than 100 philanthropists are traveling to Italy to participate in the “benefit trip” where Italian designer Stefano Ricci will help kick off the itinerary in Florence on Thursday by welcoming guests through the Basilica di Santa Croce, also known as the Temple of the Italian Glories, where Italian notables like Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni and Galileo Galilei were laid to rest. After exploring the Cappella dei Pazzi, the evening will conclude in the Cloister of the Basilica with dinner and music, led by Bocelli.
The next day, guests depart Florence on a drive through Tuscany to Lajatico (birthplace of Bocelli) where Andrea and Veronica Bocelli will host an event with guest of honor Cage. Highlights include aperitifs at the Teatro del Silenzio and a gourmet dinner at the country home of the Bocellis with entertainment by David Foster, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Peter Cetera, Colbie Caillat and Bocelli himself. Additional guests expected to attend include Evander Holyfield, Melissa Peterman and others.