The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research celebrated its 35th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 27 at the New York Marriott Marquis - raising a total of $1.45 million dollars.
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Artists Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, 3 Doors Down, Erin McCarley, Kenny Loggins and Charlie Daniels performed for the crowd of music and entertainment leaders, business and media executives and celebrities.
Wendy Dio, the wife of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio who recently succumbed to cancer, made a generous donation of $100,000 for a stomach cancer research program in her late husband's name at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; she also urged the audience to be vigilant about cancer screenings and checkups.
The Foundation was proud to present the Humanitarian of the Year Awards to brothers Monte and Avery Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic Records respectively; the Lifetime Achievement Award to Kenny Loggins; the Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award to Charlie Daniels; and the Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award to Harold L. Moses, MD, Director Emeritus of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
The event included a live and silent auction, which raised a combined $122,000 for cancer and AIDS research; several items, like lunch with fashion guru Tim Gunn, are also being auctioned now at CharityFolks.com
The T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to partner with Wines That Rock, who was on hand conducting a wine tasting and distributed door prizes to several lucky winners.
ABOUT THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION
The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. It is dedicated to raising funds for the innovative initial and ongoing research for improved treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided over $240 million dollars for research through a variety of events including concerts, gala awards dinners, family day activities, golf tournaments, wine dinners, and walk-a-thons. Research hospitals funded by the foundation include T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Harvard School of Public Health, Childrenís Hospital Los Angeles, Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center in New York City, Massachusetts General Cancer Center in Boston, The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta. This year marks the 35th anniversary for the T.J. Martell Foundation.