Louisville: It was a star-studded night, as native son Muhammad Ali honored people from throughout the world for their humanitarian efforts.    The downtown Marriott played host to the annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.

On Saturday evening, 10 awards were given out.  Six of those awards, based on Ali's core principles, were given to people 30 and younger.

Dr. Andrew Moore, II, received the night's first award as the 2015 Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian recipient.

"Muhammad Ali is one of my personal heroes and so it makes it more exciting for me to be here," he said.

Moore founded 'Surgery on Sunday', a program providing surgery for the uninsured.

"It's a great honor to be recognized, but really I'm accepting this award on behalf of all the volunteers that make Surgery on Sunday happen every Sunday," he told the crowd of several hundred.

Hadiqa Bashir was honored for her work educating young women in Pakistan about their rights. 

Veronika Scott was also honored Saturday.  She's credited with creating a coat for the homeless that turns into a sleeping bad.  She hires homeless, single parents to make the coats.

When she accepted the Giving Award she told the crowd, "I grew up in poverty myself with my siblings and people just assumed we were worthless.  This is showing that pretty much everyone has value and you can't assume anything just because someone doesn't have a place to live."

Christopher Ategeka founded a company that makes mobile health units to help people in East Africa. Sasha Fisher was also recognized for doing humanitarian work in remote villages in East Africa.

Tanyella Evans created 'Library for All' which gives people in the developing world access to books. 

Kyla Lapointe, meanwhile, received the Confidence Award for her work in advocating for child rights worldwide.

"As an athlete myself, Muhammad Ali is just one of the most amazing people you could ever have the privilege of meeting, let alone be selected for something like this. so it's just amazing," Lapointe said.

One of the biggest awards of the night went to Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis for her work with gender equality. She was honored as the 2015 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year. Davis said later she was starstruck when she met Ali.

"There's a little feeling like I'd much rather be giving Muhammad Ali an award after all that he's done and what he means to all of us, but I'm thrilled."

The final award of the night went to Harry Belafonte for his work overturning racial barriers.  Belafonte, a renowned singer and songwriter, received the 2015 Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ali's brother, Rahaman Ali, said the awards and the support for Ali mean so much.

"It means everything to me. I'm happy to see people who came out to see us. God bless you all, I''m very happy and honored to be here."

Courtesy WLKY