T.J. Martell Foundation to Honor Big Time Rush at 12th Annual Family Day June 5th in NYC

Big Time Rush to perform a rare acoustic set at Family Day event

NEW YORK, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to announce that it will celebrate its 12th Annual Family Day on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 from 12-4 p.m. at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Family Day provides a spectacular day full of fun games, carnival activities and live performances to raise money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.  Family Day has steadily grown into one of the Martell Foundation's most successful events and has raised over $3.5 million since its inception.  Last year's sold out event honored global superstars, the Jonas Brothers, and raised over three quarters of a million dollars for Martell funded research at eleven research hospitals across the country.

This year's Family Day will honor Big Time Rush for their tremendous support of numerous charitable causes and their management team, Ozone Entertainment. Big Time Rush are stars of the hit Nickelodeon TV series of the same name and have a top selling self-titled CD on Columbia Records. Supporting Big Time Rush will be special guests We The Kings, Allstar Weekend and The Ready Set. Family Day will also host a silent auction that will feature amazing, one-of-a-kind celebrity auction items including two VIP tickets and backstage passes to the U2 concert at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN on July 2nd, 2011.

Over the years, Family Day has brought together a "who's who" of music and entertainment executives along with music artists and celebrities including John Mayer, Rob Thomas, Jay-Z, Jordan Sparks and Jesse McCartney.

According to Family Day Chairman Marcus Peterzell, "Big Time Rush has made it their mission to always give back to their community and fans by donating their time to so many worthy causes. We are thrilled to be able to honor them at this year's Family Day event and help us fund the T.J. Martell Foundation research programs across the country."

Tony Martell, Founder and Chairman of the Martell Foundation, adds, "Of all the fundraising endeavors of our Foundation, Family Day is one of the most pleasant of them all. Having Big Time Rush as our honorees this year makes Family Day one of the Martell Foundation's most stellar events of the year! These young men really care about helping people less fortunate – they are really 'young humanitarians.'"

For more information on sponsorship packages, VIP packages and general tickets to the event, please contact the T.J. Martell Foundation at (212) 331-2161 or please visit our web site at www.TJMartellFoundation.org.

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ABOUT THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION

The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. It is the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided over $250 million dollars for research through a variety of events including concerts, gala awards dinners, family day activities, golf tournaments, wine dinners, and walk-a-thons.  Research hospitals funded by the foundation include: T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Harvard School of Public Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Cancer Center, The Mayo Clinic, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University and Arnold Palmer Medical Center.

ABOUT BIG TIME RUSH

Nickelodeon's hit series Big Time Rush, produced in partnership with Sony Music, stars Kendall, James, Carlos and Logan, as four best friends who move to Los Angeles for a chance at music superstardom. Currently in its second season, Big Time Rush had the highest-rated and most-watched live-action series premiere with kids, tweens and total viewers in the history of the network. Their debut album "BTR," which consists of original songs from the hit series, is certified RIAA® Gold® (over 500,000 units sold) and debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The group has also sold 1.7 million combined digital tracks to date, including their current single, "Boyfriend," featuring Snoop Dogg.

PRESS CONTACT:
Kate Fitzpatrick
T: (917) 301-2572
E: kfitzpatrick@tjmartellfoundation.org

SOURCE T.J. Martell Foundation



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