He’s local and letting loose at one of the biggest annual charity events in Las Vegas.
Ne-Yo will give an intimate, private performance at Aria Resrot & Casino at CityCenter during the 11th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational tonight. The Grammy award-winning artist Las Vegas native will take the stage at the MJCI Celebration, an annual gala for the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests. Also scheduled to appear on stage at the gala will be famed comedian Cedric the Entertainer.
“I feel blessed for the opportunity to perform in the city where I grew up,” Ne-Yo said. “Performing in Las Vegas is always amazing, and being able to perform in celebration of Michael [Jordan’s] tournament, which benefits so many charities, is the best feeling.”
The private concert kicks off two days of the MJCI Celebrity-Amateur celebrity-only golf tournament. This is only the second time the exclusive Shadow Creek golf course will open its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opporunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.
“I understand the importance of giving back which is something my mother taught me growing up, and I pay it forward through my own charity, The Compound Foundation which helps youth in foster care,” Ne-Yo said.
Fans can get pretty close to the action and check out the slew of celebrities scheduled to attend, who include Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Eddie Cibrian, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Julius Erving, Angie Everhart, Joey Fatone, Marshall Faulk, Terry Francona, Wayne Gretzky, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Sugar Ray Leonard, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Joe Morgan, Paul O’Neill, Maury Povich, Ahmad Rashad, Salli Richardson, LeAnn Rimes, Aaron Rodgers, Stuart Scott, Bruce Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Matt Stafford, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Tico Torres, Brian Urlacher, Michael Wilbon, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.
The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, will take place tomorrow through Sunday.
Tickets start at $30 and may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office outlet, online at www.arialasvegas.com or www.MJCIgolf.com. Discounted tickets are available for military service members with valid identification, and Senior Citizens 65 years of age or older with valid ID; both groups will receive 25 percent off a daily or weekly general admission ticket. The tournament has created a special “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket offer, which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 16 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult). Go to www.shadowcreek.com for more info.