On Tuesday October 17, 2017, The TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research held its 42nd annual New York Honors Gala at Gaustavino’s.
The star-studded event included a host of music stars, industry executives, enthusiastic supporters and medical experts who all work to bring awareness and funding to the Foundation’s mission.
Mega-producer DJ Khaled helped host the event with performances by Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends, Kane Brown, Matthew Ramsey and Elle King. Country music superstar Garth Brooks surprised the crowd when he entered the stage from the back to present Amazon Music’s Steve Boom with the Music Innovation Award. Two other honorees, Sarah Stennett, CEO & Co-Founder of First Access Entertainment was presented the Spirit of Music Award by model Winnie Harlow and Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel of Sony Music Entertainment was presented the Lifetime Music Industry Award by Clive Davis.
Joel Katz, Chairman of The T.J. Martell Foundation Board and Chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s global entertainment and media practice spoke about the Foundation and remembered Tony Martell, founder of the Foundation, who passed last November.
The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million dollars for research that supports seven flagship hospitals in the United States.