T.J. Martell Honors Gala Raises $370,000

Pictured (L-R): Joe Don Rooney, John Elway, Dr. Jonathan Gitlin, Gary Levox, Dr. Jeff Balser, Jay DeMarcus, and Kix Brooks

The T.J. Martell Foundation hosted its third annual Honors Gala on March 28 at the Hutton Hotel. The sold-out event drew 420 guests for dinner, awards presentation, live auction and entertainment by Tommy Shaw, Lorrie Morgan and Committed. The event raised $370,000 to fund innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

Awards presented during the event included the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award to Rascal Flatts, Lifetime Humanitarian Award to K.S. “Bud” Adams Jr., Spirit of Nashville Award to Mayor Karl Dean and Lifetime Medical Achievement Award to Dr. William Schaffner.

Among those on hand to present the evening’s honors were John Elway, Kix Brooks, Dr. Jonathan Gitlin, Gov. Bill Haslam, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Judge Randall Wyatt Jr., John Seigenthaler, Dr. Julie Gerberding and actress Mary Ann Wells.

(L-R): Kitty Moon Emery, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Mayor Dean’s wife Anne Davis, Mayor Karl Dean, TJ Martell executive director Laura Heatherly, former Gov. Phil Bredesen



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