Jillian Michaels is to be presented with the TJ Martell Foundation's Spirit of Excellence Award.

The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest charity foundation that funds innovative leukemia, cancer and AIDS research, will be holding its annual “ARTWORKS for the Cure 2012,” on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 at Pier 59 Studios West in Santa Monica, CA. The event brings the greater Los Angeles community together to enjoy two offbeat, eclectic events featuring contemporary art, music, food and wine while raising money for groundbreaking medical research. The weekend festivities include a cocktail reception and honoree dinner, as well as an art show, auction and sale.

T.J. Martell Foundation’s “Spirit of Excellence Award,” will be presented to Alex Hodges, CEO of Nederlander Concerts; Harvey Mason, Jr., celebrated music producer and songwriter; and Jillian Michaels, leading health and wellness expert. The award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves through professional leadership and humanitarian efforts. The honoree cocktail party and dinner will take place on Saturday, April 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Pier 59 Studios. All of the art that will be featured in the Sunday art show will be available for preview and purchase on Saturday evening.

“The T.J. Martell Foundation is truly honored to pay tribute to Alex Hodges, Harvey Mason, Jr. and Jillian Michaels at this year’s ARTWORKS FOR THE CURE celebration,” said Dick Gary, Co-Chairman of The Gary Group and ARTWORKS FOR THE CURE Co-Chair with his wife, Elsa Gary. “They have all made a strong impact in their chosen fields while maintaining a high level of service to the community.”

Jillian Michaels is one of the leading health and wellness experts in the country, educating, inspiring and motivating millions through her best-selling books, fitness DVDs, video games, Podcast, television appearances and more. She is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, Stand Up To Cancer, NFL Play 60, works with military families through the USO, and also works with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a program dedicated to eradicating the childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

On Sunday, April 29, the T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to host its Benefit Art Show and Auction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Pier 59 Studios. The afternoon will feature an eclectic selection of offbeat and alternative art that spans the spectrum from studio to street! The collection includes contemporary art, both originals and limited editions, from over 60 established and up-and-coming painters, sculptors and photographers including the graphic works of many well-known music artists, including Leonard Cohen and Yoko Ono. All artwork is for sale with all proceeds benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation. Many of the artists will be in attendance, as well as personalities from music, film and television.

Over its history, the T.J. Martell Foundation has provided over $27 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to fund their ground breaking work in their fight against pediatric cancer. Grants provided by the T.J. Martell Foundation have produced amazing results, especially in the area of children’s cancers, where the survival rate for neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that attacks the young, has increased from 15% to 80% over the past fifteen years.

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