Muhammad Ali is a three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and an adoptive parent. He and his wife, Lonnie, adopted their infant son domestically. Today, championing the causes of the developing world has become a major focus of Muhammad’s life. He has been instrumental in providing over 232 million meals to the world’s hungry. Traveling across continents, he has hand-delivered food and medical supplies to such needy sites as the Harapan Kita Hospital for Children in Jakarta, Indonesia; the street children of Morocco; and Sister Beltran’s orphanage for Liberian refugees in the Ivory Coast, to name just a few. In addition to his international efforts, Muhammad is equally devoted to helping charities at home. He has visited countless numbers of soup kitchens and hospitals, and has helped such organizations as the Chicago-based adoption agency, The Cradle; the Make-A-Wish-Foundation; Best Buddies, a Special Olympics organization; Herbert E. Birch Services, an organization that runs a school for children and young adults with handicaps and a summer camp for children infected with AIDS. In 2000, Muhammad helped Dave Thomas roll out the United States postage stamp created to promote and celebrate adoption. Together, with his wife, Lonnie, they participated in the CBS Home for the Holidays television special produced to raise awareness about the United States foster children waiting to be adopted. Lonnie serves as Vice-Chair on the Operating Board of Directors at the “Muhammad Ali Center,” where she is assisting her husband in building the “Muhammad Ali Museum and Education Center” in Louisville, Kentucky. The Center’s mission is to bring tolerance and understanding among different people, communities, and nations.
Bruce Willis is the father of three beautiful daughters and a lifelong advocate for children. His commitment to children prompted, President George W. Bush to name Mr. Willis as the National spokesman on Foster Care and Adoption. He uses his celebrity status to reach out to the private and public sectors to seek support and solution for the over 500,000 children in the United States foster care system. Together, with First Lady Laura Bush, Bruce rolled-out the AdoptUsKids website which highlights children in the foster care system available for adoption. To further advocate for the adoption of children out of the foster care system, he created and distributed three public service announcements that feature Jamie Foxx and the stars Charlie’s Angels, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lisa Lu. In addition to the financial resources he has given to the creation and distribution of the PSAs, he also donated a state-of-the-art recording studio to a group of youth who touched his heart with their program; The Hip Hop Project at Art-Start, an organization in New York that works to empower “at risk” urban youth by giving them a way to creatively express themselves. Bruce insisted that the Los Angeles premiere of the movie Rugrats Go Wild be organized to benefit programs which directly improved the lives of children in foster care, namely, Hollygrove Family Services; Ettie Lee Group Homes; Vista Del Mar; and Caring for Children and Families with AIDS. Bruce traveled to Washington, D.C. in June for a meeting and press conference, with bipartisan leadership of the United States Senate, calling on members of Congress to come together to improve the lives of children in the foster care system. Last year, he helped raise adoption awareness on a national level by participating in National Adoption Day; on that day, the adoptions of more than 1,400 foster children were finalized.