Best Cellars Dinner Raises $170,000 For T.J. Martell Foundation
April 27, 2011 at 6:42 AM (PT)
Celebrities like MARTINA MCBRIDE, JONATHAN CAIN, KELLIE PICKLER, CHARLES KELLY, AMY GRANT, DIERKS BENTLEY, KAREN FAIRCHILD, JIMI WESTBROOK, PHILLIP SWEET, BLAKE SHELTON, LAURA BELL BUNDY, KIX BROOKS, JOE DON ROONEY, LISA HARTMAN BLACK, CLINT BLACK and BIG KENNY enjoyed gourmet food and wines at the12th Annual ECO-ENERGY BEST CELLARS DINNER on MONDAY, APRIL 25th in NASHVILLE. The event raised more than $170,000 for the T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION’s cancer research efforts, bringing the grand total to more than $2 million since the event’s inception in 1999.
Guest Chef KEN FRANK, Executive Chef and Owner of LA TOQUE in NAPA, CA, created a four course meal that was paired with wine from the personal cellars of top wine collectors from around the UNITED STATES.
The evening included a live auction with auctioneer BIG KENNY and NASHVILLE wine collector and business entrepreneur, TOM BLACK, who auctioned off a celebrity dinner at the home of BIG KENNY and his wife, CHRISTIEV; a trip to SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA for a food and dining experience at the ranch of AU BON CLIMOT winery owner, JIM CLENDENEN; the opportunity to sponsor the AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR performance at the MONROE CARELL JR. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL and a DAVID YURMAN necklace.
“The BEST CELLARS DINNER continues to be a special evening that brings together music, food, wine and great people to raise important research dollars,” said event Co-Chairman BILL HEARN.
For more information on the T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION, visit www.tjmartellfoundation.org.