An annual night of celebration was born out of ­tragedy.

Forty years ago, CBS Records executive Tony Martell lost his 19-year-old son to leukemia and soon thereafter launched the T.J. Martell Foundation in his honor. In the time since, the organization has raised more than $270 million through auctions and independent ­donations for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Industry legend Clive Davis, who this year was honored with a fellowship created in his name, served on the foundation's original board and provided offices to help the Martell ­family jump-start the organization.

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