10th Annual Nashville Honors Gala Raises Over $425K

Pictured (Front row, L-R): Dr. James Netterville, Mike Smardak, Janet Ayers, Frank Bumstead, David Poile. (Back row, L-R): Danny Gokey, Storme Warren, Natalie Grant, Jeff Foxworthy, Laura Heatherly, Lauren Alaina, Mike Fisher, Charles Esten, Danielle Bouharoun, Shawn Parr. Photo: Rick Diamond for T.J. Martell Foundation

The T.J. Martell Foundation raised more than $425,000 for cancer research during the 10th annual Nashville Honors Gala on Monday (March 26), which featured performances from Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Natalie Grant and more.

The evening marked the 25th anniversary of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s partnership with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The Nashville Honors Gala alone has raised more than $4 million for cancer research since the event was launched in 2009. Monday’s event was hosted by Nashville actor/singer Charles Esten, and also included performances and appearances from Lauren Alaina, Danny Gokey, Jeff Foxworthy, Agenia Clark, Dr. Ron Eavey, Frank Thomas, and Mike Fisher.

This year’s honorees were:
Janet Ayers – Lifetime Humanitarian Award
David Poile – Spirit of Nashville Award
Frank Bumstead – Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award
Mike Smardak – Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award
Dr. James Netterville – Medical Research Advancement Award

Natalie Grant. Photo: Rick Diamond for T.J. Martell Foundation

Keith Urban. Photo: Rick Diamond for TJ Martell Foundation



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