9th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala Raises $535K for Medical Research

The T.J. Martell Foundation raised $535,000 to benefit leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at tonight's 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala, for a total of over $3 million raised since 2009. Honorees were treated to performances by George StraitBrad PaisleyFrankie BallardClare BowenKelsea Ballerini and Tommy Shaw and special presentations by Nashville Mayor Megan BarryCharlie DanielsKenny ChesneyJohn EspositoJoel Katz and John Huie. The Gala also featured a special tribute to the late founder of the T.J. Martell Foundation, Tony Martell.

This year's honorees were:

Janet Miller - Spirit of Nashville Award

Dr. Joseph Smith - Medical Research Advancement Award

Scott Hamilton - Lifetime Humanitarian Award

Rod Essig - Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award

Louis Messina - Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award 

The Nashville Honors Gala is one of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s premier events that pays tribute to outstanding community leaders and presents special musical performances with heartwarming presentations that celebrates the evening’s honorees. In addition to the performances, there was a live and silent auction with proceeds benefiting leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. 

About the T.J. Martell Foundation:

The T.J. Martell Foundation is a national organization founded by the music industry, whose mission is to fund innovative leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at flagship hospitals in the United States including the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. To learn more about the T.J. Martell Foundation please visit www.tjmartell.org

T.J. Martell Foundation 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala – Arrivals

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T.J. Martell Foundation 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala – Show

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Front row L to R: Co-chair Ali Harnell; honorees Rod Essig, Janet Miller, Dr. Joseph Smith, Scott Hamilton and Louis Messina; Co-chair Danielle Bouharoun and Kimberly Williams Paisley; Back row L to R: Shawn Parr, Clare Bowen, Frankie Ballard, Charles Esten, Tommy Shaw, John Huie, Kelsea Ballerini, Charlie Daniels, George Strait, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Will Evankovich, Joel Katz, Storme Warren, Tracie Hamilton, Brad Paisley and the T.J. Martell Foundation's Laura Heatherly attend the 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala at Omni Hotel on February 27, 2017(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundation)

Front row L to R: Co-chair Ali Harnell; honorees Rod Essig, Janet Miller, Dr. Joseph Smith, Scott Hamilton and Louis Messina; Co-chair Danielle Bouharoun and Kimberly Williams Paisley; Back row L to R: Shawn Parr, Clare Bowen, Frankie Ballard, Charles Esten, Tommy Shaw, John Huie, Kelsea Ballerini, Charlie Daniels, George Strait, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Will Evankovich, Joel Katz, Storme Warren, Tracie Hamilton, Brad Paisley and the T.J. Martell Foundation's Laura Heatherly attend the 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala at Omni Hotel on February 27, 2017(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundation)