Keith Urban / Lauren Alaina / Thomas Rhett

T.J. Martell Foundation 10th Annual Nashville Honors Gala Raised $425K for Cancer Research

Front row L to R: Dr. James Netterville, Mike Smardak, Janet Ayers, Frank Bumstead, David Poile. Back row L to R: Danny Gokey, Storme Warren, Natalie Grant, Jeff Foxworthy, Laura Heatherly, Lauren Alaina, Mike Fisher, Charles Esten, Danielle Bouharoun, Shawn Parr. 10th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Nashville Honors Gala at Omni Hotel on March 26, 2018. (Photo: Rick Diamond for T.J. Martell Foundation)

The T.J. Martell Foundation raised over $425,000 for cancer research at the 10th Annual Nashville Honors Gala on Monday night. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s partnership with the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, and the Nashville Honors Gala alone has raised over $4 million for innovative cancer research since its inception in 2009. Hosted by “Nashville” star Charles Esten, the event honored five outstanding community leaders with performances by Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Lauren Alaina and Jeff Foxworthy. The honorees were treated to heartfelt presentations by 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

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