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About 2017-06-21T11:31:09+00:00

Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker is the President of Jimmy Walker, Ltd, which provides sophisticated life insurance solutions to high profile Business Executives, Entertainers and Professional Athletes.

In 1974, Jimmy and a couple investors, including Reggie Jackson, purchased the World Team Tennis Organization the Denver Racquets and moved the team to Phoenix. The following year Jimmy purchased controlling interest in the Team and renamed them the Phoenix Racquets. In November of 1975, Jimmy signed Chris Evert, the number one tennis player in the world, to a three-year contract. In 1976, World Team Tennis chose Jimmy as WTT’s Executive of the Year.

In 1980 Jimmy was part of an investment group which purchased the Phoenix Giants baseball team in the AAA Pacific Coast League, and in 1986, Jimmy became a limited partner in the Phoenix Suns basketball team. Jimmy was also instrumental in selecting key investors for the Major League Baseball Expansion Team the Arizona Diamondbacks.

AWARDS and BOARDS

  • Arizona Interfaith Darl Andersen Golden Rule Award — 2015

  • Humanitarian Award from the Starkey Hearing Foundation along with Sir Richard Branson, and Ashton Kutcher — 2013

  • Phoenix Business Journal Top 100 Community Leaders for significant contributions in Phoenix — 25 consecutive years

  • Golden Karma Award for Outstanding Community Philanthropy in Metropolitan Phoenix — 2005

  • Host to President George Bush, Sr. in his home for political fundraiser for Senator Jon Kyl — 2004

  • Crisis Nursery’s Honorary Chairman for 2000 Charity Event — 2000

  • National Association of Fund-Raising Executives Spirit of Philanthropy Award from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute — 2000

  • Man of the Year Phoenix Muscular Dystrophy Association — 1995

  • Named Phoenix High School Basketball Hall of Fame – 2016

  • Trustee on the Barrow Neurological Foundation Board at St. Joseph’s Hospital

  • Board of Director for the Phoenix Boys and Girls Club (former member)

  • Jewish Award

  • Barrows Award

Due to his vision and desire to raise money to assist people in need, in 1994 Jimmy Founded Celebrity Fight Night Foundation in Phoenix where he is Chairman & CEO. Throughout its history the event has become one of the largest grossing charity events in the country and has raised in excess of $138 million for charity with the primary beneficiary the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter, and many other worthy charities. Countless lives have been changed thanks to the tremendous generosity of our supporters.

Recognized as one of the nation’s elite charity events, Celebrity Fight Night is a star-studded evening presented in honor of our featured guest, Muhammad Ali who Jimmy developed a relationship with not long after founding the charity. Celebrities and professional athletes from all over the world participate in a night filled with incredible Live Auction items and live musical performances by many of today’s brightest stars.

Some of the celebrities who have participated in Celebrity Fight Night include Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton, Ronnie Dunn, Kelly Clarkson, Glenn Fry, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Carrie Underwood, Rod Stewart, Kenny Rogers, Clive Davis, Billy Crystal, Kevin Costner, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Robert DeNiro, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams, Sinbad, Dennis Quaid, Michael J. Fox, Bon Jovi, The Band Perry, Brian McKnight, Michael Bolton, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Donna Summer, Jordin Sparks, Faith Hill, Sam Moore, The Village People, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Russell Wilson, Kurt Warner, Joe Montana, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Larry Fitzgerald, President Donald Trump, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and many moreDavid Foster has produced our entertainment for 19 consecutive years and Reba McEntire has been our Emcee for 12 consecutive years.

You always know whatever you do for Jimmy it’s for something good. What you want to do with Jimmy is give him something, so he can do more.

Billy Crystal, Award Winning Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Comedian

Jimmy is totally sincere. He is simply the nicest guy in the world.

Walter Scott, Berkshire Hathaway

Jimmy is so pure. He is the greatest networking person I’ve ever met.

Reba McIntire, Award-Winning Entertainer

Celebrity Fight Night International was founded in 2014 after a chance meeting with Andrea Bocelli in an elevator at the Ritz Carlton in New York. Jimmy and Andrea together started a partnership where the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation present their foundation’s annual respective 6 day charity event together in Tuscany, Italy which includes an evening at Andrea Bocelli’s home.

Throughout the years, Jimmy has helped various Valley charities raise money and has invited celebrities to participate in the events. One of Jimmy’s favorite charities is Bicycles for Kids. During the last 32 years, Bicycles for Kids has provided over 7,500 bicycles for under privileged children along with food baskets provided by the generous donations from many families, businesses and organizations. The Walker family started Bicycles for Kids in their own backyard in 1982.

In 2007 Jimmy founded a program with the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul called “Never Give Up.” Jimmy speaks every Monday morning to approximately 500-600 homeless men and women primarily encouraging them to “Never Give Up.”

Jimmy and Nancy Walker were married in 1967 and have three children along with seven grandchildren. Jimmy has resided in Phoenix, Arizona since 1957. He attended Phoenix Central High School and received his education from Arizona State University on a basketball scholarship.

1974
Purchased the Denver Racquets World Team Tennis, with investors including Reggie Jackson and moved the team to Phoenix and renamed. The following year Jimmy purchased controlling interest in the Phoenix Racquets.
1975
Jimmy signed Chris Evert, the number one tennis player in the world, to a three-year contract for his Phoenix Racquets
1976
World Team Tennis named Jimmy as WTT's Executive of the Year
1980
Member of investment group that purchased the Phoenix Giants baseball team in the AAA Pacific Coast League
1982
Founded Bicycles for Kids which has donated over 7,500 bicycles to children
1986
Became a limited partner in the Phoenix Suns NBA Basketball Team
1994
Founded Celebrity Fight Night Foundation. In its 3rd year Muhammad Ali joined the CFN charity event helping Phoenix for 18 consecutive years
1995
Man of the Year Award from Phoenix Muscular Dystrophy Association
1997
Instrumental with general partner Jerry Collangelo in selecting key investors for Major League Baseball Expansion Team Arizona Diamondbacks
2000
Received National Association of Fund-Raising Executives Spirit of Philanthropy Award from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center and Barrow Neurological Institute