The T.J. Martell Foundation, famous for funding research to find cures and treatments for leukaemia, cancer and AIDS is holding their annual gala at the Hilton New York Hotel on October 28th .
The T.J. Martell Foundation was founded in 1975. T.J. Martell, son of music industry executive Tony Martell of Madison, was a young victim of leukaemia. Before his death at twenty one, he convinced his father to promise he would raise $1 million to fight the disease. Since then, the foundation in T.J. Martell’s name has provided more than $225 million for research.
The gala evening will have a full programme of entertainment, including a silent auction for various items donated by celebrities of the music industry.
The gala will honour various people for their charitable and humanitarian work and will pay a special posthumous tribute, its first ever Legend award, to Michael Jackson, the single largest donor in the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 34-year history.
Willie Nelson, who performed on the charity single, “We Are The World”, and jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and others will perform at the ceremony.
To purchase tickets to the Gala or to make a donation click here. To make a quick and easy $5 donation, simply text “TJ” to 90999.
Research facilities funded by the foundation include the T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City; the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, California; the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee; the Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center in New York City; the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Source: CMT News, recordernewspapers.com & MJWN with special thanks to Elizabeth Olney and Paul