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T.J. Martell Foundation to Honor Legends at 36th Annual Awards Gala

Cancer and AIDS Fundraiser Will Take Place November 3rd in New York

NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mr. Tony Martell, Founder and Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research, is proud to announce the honorees for the 36th Annual Awards Gala, which will take place on Thursday, November 3rd at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square.

"There can be no question that these are four of the most illustrious honorees on the planet," says Mr. Martell. "They care. They are true humanitarians, every one of them. They are honoring us by permitting us to honor them. On behalf of those fighting cancer today and those who undoubtedly will in the future, we are most grateful."

Ms. Bea Perez will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award.  Bea is Chief Sustainability Officer at The Coca-Cola Company.  She leads a new global office focused on sustainability established July 1, 2011 with key areas of focus that include water stewardship, sustainable packaging, climate protection, and the commitment to the well-being of communities.  Bea was formerly the Chief Marketing Officer of Coca-Cola North America.  She is chair of the Grammy Foundation and sits on the boards of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, The Victory Junction Gang Camps founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty, and HSBC North America Holdings Inc.

"I'm humbled to be among those recognized by the T.J. Martell Foundation," said Bea Perez.  "It's a privilege to help celebrate The Martell Foundation's cutting edge research which is saving and improving lives every day."

Mr. Scott Borchetta will receive the Spirit of Excellence Award. Mr. Borchetta is the President/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Company and Republic Nashville.  Founded by Borchetta in 1995, Big Machine Records was named Billboard's #1 Top Country Album Imprint (2009), establishing the label as the highest-selling record label group on Music Row as well as helping to define its position as the most successful independently-owned start-up label operation in Nashville's history.

Golf legend and philanthropist Mr. Arnold Palmer will receive the Lifetime Philanthropic Award. For nearly a half century, Mr. Palmer has been one of the best-known sportsmen and businessmen in the world. In just over two decades, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has risen from a community hospital serving Central Florida to an internationally-known health care institution, now ranked as one of the country's "Best Children's Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report. Thanks in part to Martell support, these clinicians are increasingly joining forces with researchers around the country and in Orlando to perform research and develop innovative cancer treatments and protocols.

Actor and comedian Mr. Drew Carey will receive the Chairman's Award. He is the host of "The Price is Right" on CBS and has hosted, produced and acted in many other shows in his career, such as "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway," the success of which led to the creation of "Drew Carey's Improv All-Stars," an improv group that performs in showrooms across the country. A former U.S. Marine, Mr. Carey is very supportive of several charities such as the USO, Livestrong, Save the Children, Children Affected by AIDS Foundation and Children International.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and event information, please contact the T.J. Martell Foundation at (212) 331-2161 or visit www.TJMartellFoundation.org. Join us on www.Facebook.com and www.twitter.com.

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 cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided over $250 million dollars for research.  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.

PRESS CONTACT:
Kate Fitzpatrick
T: 917.301.2572
E: kfitzpatrick@tjmartellfoundation.org

SOURCE T.J. Martell Foundation



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