RONNIE JAMES DIO Tribute Part Of T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION's 35th Annual Awards Gala

The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research will celebrate its 35th annual awards gala on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Artists COLBIE CAILLAT, ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, 3 DOORS DOWN, ERIN MCCARLEY and CHARLIE DANIELS will perform for the crowd of music and entertainment leaders, business and media executives, and celebrities; country artist JARON AND THE LONG ROAD TO LOVE will also attend.

The evening will include a special tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, who recently succumbed to cancer.

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, and has provided over $240 million dollars for research.

Dio died of stomach cancer on the morning of May 16, at the age of 67.

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He was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history.

The singer, who was recording and touring with SABBATH offshoot HEAVEN & HELL prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer late last year. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

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