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Charles Esten & Performers Don Henley & Ronnie Milsap Announced for 8th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala

Chip Esten

The T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to announce that Charles Esten will once again return to host the elegant 8th Annual Nashville Honors Gala taking place at Nashville’s Omni Hotel on Monday, February 29, 2016. The first performers confirmed to help celebrate our distinguished honorees are Don Henley and Ronnie Milsap.

This year’s honorees are:

Aubrey Harwell: Spirit of Nashville Award
Brian Philips: Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award
Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.: Medical Research Advancement Award
Kenny Rogers: Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award
FedEx Corporation: Outstanding Global Citizenship Award with Frederick W. Smith accepting on behalf of more than 350,000 team members around the world

Honors Gala co-chairs this year are board members, Dave Berryman, president of Gibson Guitar Corporation, and Leslie Fram, CMT’s senior vice president of music strategy. The evening is produced by the Emmy award-winning team of Martin Fisher and Edie Hoback of High Five Entertainment. Emerald Sponsors this year are Teresa and Mike Nacarato and Nacarato Volvo Trucks. The Honors Gala has raised over 3.5 million dollars since its inception in 2009.

Tickets and table sponsorships are available by contacting (615) 256-2002 or emailing Please visit for more information.

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.

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