Image: Muhammad Ali, Pearse Lyons
Charles Bertram  /  AP
Muhammad Ali sits on the stage during an announcement marking a new philanthropic initiative in the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday.
updated 5/19/2009 5:08:26 PM ET 2009-05-19T21:08:26

Boxing great Muhammad Ali made a rare public appearance in his native Kentucky during a presentation to announce a philanthropic effort.

Ali sat onstage Tuesday at the Lexington Convention Center and received a standing ovation from hundreds attending Alltech's International Health and Nutrition Symposium.

Ali was there to announce a charitable fundraising initiative between Alltech and the Muhammad Ali Center. He sat front and center with his wife Lonnie during the presentation but did not speak.

The Alis have a home in Louisville but primarily live in Arizona because of the climate, Lonnie Ali said.

Alltech President Pearse Lyons pledged the effort would raise at least $500,000 before the Alltech-sponsored World Equestrian Games next year in Lexington.

Ali was also seen at President Barack Obama's inauguration in January. Parkinson's disease has limited his activity.

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