Pat Monahan, of Train fame, has been named National Spokesperson for the 40th Anniversary of the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research.
The Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter will appear at the foundation’s 40th Anniversary Honors Gala, to be held in New York on October 15, and serve as “the voice and face” for select media programs aimed at raising much-needed funds for continued medical research.
Like millions of Americans, Monahan shares a personal connection to the cause, having enlisted the Foundation’s help while his mother was undergoing aggressive cancer treatment. The 2002 Train hit “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” was, in fact, inspired by Monahan’s mother.
“I’ve seen firsthand the good that the T.J. Martell Foundation can do, and I want to stand beside them as they celebrate four decades of life-saving research,” said Monahan in a statement announcing his participation. “The work they’re doing is invaluable to anyone that suffers from these devastating diseases as well as their families. I hope to spread more awareness to the importance of their fight.”
Also being honored at the New York gala are Janice Min, president and Chief Creative Officer of the Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media, and John Amato, president of Entertainment Group of Guggenheim Media, the parent company of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to Bruce Bozzi and Wally Ganzi, co-founders of the Palm Restaurant Group; Dinesh Paliwal, president and CEO of Harman International; and designer John Varvatos.