T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala Raises More Than $1.7 MIllion
October 19, 2015 at 1:43 PM (PT)
The T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION event, “Music’s Promise for a Cure,” making its 40th anniversary at CIPRIANI ON WALL STREET in NEW YORK, raised more than $1.7 million for cancer research.
The theme of the HONORS GALA was “Top 40” and the attendance of some of the world’s most recognized classic rock personalities and musicians helped celebrate.
Co-Founder CLIVE DAVIS paid tribute to his friend TONY MARTELL, announcing the CLIVE DAVIS RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD, a permanent grant bearing the five-time GRAMMY-winner’s name, which will be awarded annually to a scientist or medical professional undertaking substantial early-stage work aimed at finding a cure for Leukemia, Cancer or AIDS at one of T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION’s funded institutions. RCA RECORDS President/COO TOM CORSON made the presentation to his ex-boss.
REO SPEEDWAGON, TRAIN’s PAT MONAHAN, GRACE and FOREIGNER performed in between honorees DAVE AMATO, BRUCE BOZZI SR., WALLY GANZI, JANICE MIN, DINESH PALIWAL and JOHN VARVATOS accepting their awards. Former MTV VJs NINA BLACKWOOD, MARK GOODMAN and ALAN HUNTER were the evening’s emcees. ALICE COOPER took to the stage to honor his long-time friend fashion designer and music executive JOHN VARVATOS.
MARTELL FOUNDATION CEO LAURA HEATHERLY challenged everyone in the audience to stand up and donate $100 that evening, with a majority of attendees accepting the challenge. And capping off the evening was a series of heartfelt messages and tributes to MARTELL, including OZZY OSBOURNE, JOAN JETT and RANDY JACKSON.
The 40th Anniversary of T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION CHARITY BUZZ auction is also currently live and offers fans another way to support its mission. To bid click here.