T.J. Martell Foundation's Best Cellars Dinner Raises $416,000
April 28, 2010 at 6:48 AM (PT)
The 11th Annual T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION’s ECO-ENERGY BEST CELLARS DINNER held on MONDAY (4/26) in NASHVILLE raised $416,000 net for cancer research at THE FRANCES WILLIAMS PRESTON LABORATORIES at the VANDERBILT-INGRAM CANCER CENTER. The evening paired Country music’s artists with NASHVILLE’s top wine collectors and featured a meal by guest chef JOSIAH CITRIN. There was also a live auction hosted by artist BIG KENNY, that included a trip to FRANCE, three trips to CALIFORNIA and the BEST CELLARS wine collection.
MARTINA MCBRIDE, JAMEY JOHNSON, BLAKE SHELTON, JEWEL, LUKE BRYAN, DANNY GOKEY, BIG KENNY ALPHIN, KELLIE PICKLER, SARAH BUXTON, MIKE DIAMOND, WHITNEY DUNCAN and PHIL VASSAR were among the artists in attendance at the fundraiser.
Most of the income, $319,2000, came from the audience, contributing to a CLINICAL IMPACT RESEARCH GRANT that was created in recognition of BEST CELLARS founder BILLY RAY HEARN and GALANTE, BILL HEARN and TOM BLACK for their dedication to the MARTELL FOUNDATION’s mission of supporting cancer research.
SONY MUSIC NASHVILLE Chairman and Co-Chairman of the BEST CELLARS DINNER JOE GALANTE said: “After 11 years I really didn’t think it could get any better but last night was our best ever!! The evening’s food, wine and guests were incredible. We also set a record for the amount of money raised to help fund research at the VANDERBILT INGRAM CANCER CENTER.”
For more information about the T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION, visit www.tjmartellfoundation.org.