Pictured left to Right: Peter Quinn (T.J. Martell Foundation CEO), Ron Hartenbaum (T.J. Martell Foundation President), Kid Leo (Sirius XM and T.J. Martell Foundation Board Member), Bob Wier, Ioannis and Lou Brutus (Sirius XM). Photo Credit: Maro Hagopian

New York, NY – (February 19, 2010) – The T.J. Martell Foundation is celebrating a long and successful partnership with music industry legends Bob Weir and Ioannis Vasilopoulos with a special ceremony at SIRIUS XM Radio on February 24th.  Weir, a founding member of the Grateful Dead who has also received acclaim with Ratdog and Furthur, and Ioannis, a famed artist who has designed album covers for legendary bands, have helped the T.J. Martell Foundation raise money for cancer and AIDS research for several years by generously donating autographed artwork for charity auctions.  The T.J. Martell Foundation has provided over $240 million for cancer and AIDS research at leading research institutions nationwide over the past thirty-five years.

T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Peter Quinn says, “We are so grateful for Bob Weir’s generosity in autographing rock ‘n roll art and to Ioannis for donating his amazing artwork to us, all in support of life-saving cancer research.  This truly represents what the Martell Foundation is all about – bringing the music industry together with cancer research to find a cure.”

The Foundation will present Bob Weir with a custom-made commemorative plaque in appreciation of his support on Wednesday, February 24th at 3pm in New York at the SIRIUS XM Radio offices at 1221 6th Avenue on the 36th floor.  Bob Weir will also be autographing fifty museum quality, limited edition prints measuring 20×24 inches produced by Ioannis to be auctioned off to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.  This ceremony is open to the press for coverage and photography.  Please contact Kate Fitzpatrick at the T.J. Martell Foundation at 212.833.5444 or Samantha Bowman at SIRIUS XM at 212.901.6644 for more information and to RSVP.

For more information on T.J. Martell Foundation events or the foundation in general, please contact the T.J. Martell Foundation at 212-833-5444 or please visit our web site at

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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 dedicated to raising funds for the innovative initial and ongoing research for improved treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.  The Foundation has provided over $240 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 facilities funded by the foundation include T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center in New York City, Massachusetts General Cancer Center in Boston, The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University in Atlanta.  This year marks the 35th anniversary for the T.J. Martell Foundation.

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