The TJ Martell Foundation Legend Award: Posthumous Tribute to Michael Jackson
The T.J. Martell Foundation extends our sincere condolences to Michael
Jackson‘s family, friends and fans worldwide. Michael was a friend of
the Foundation, and the single largest donor in our 34-year history. At our Annual Awards Gala in 1984, he presented Tony Martell with a check for $500,000.
that year, during a press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael
announced that a portion of the earnings from the Victory Tour would be
donated to the T.J. Martell Foundation, which amounted to another
$100,000 to support the cancer and AIDS research we fund.
was a very shy young man," remembers Founder and Chairman Tony Martell.
"And he never wanted his good deeds made public. The night he presented
me with a check at the Gala, I wanted to announce it but he wouldn’t
let me. We are very grateful for his generous support and know his
legacy of philanthropy will live on."
One of the most important lessons I learned from my uncle Michael… "True" Charity
He taught us (my brothers & I) at a young age that it’s not "True"
charity if you announce it to everyone saying "hey look what I did".
"True" charity is when you do something for someone or give money or time to something and nobody else knows you did it.
That was one of the 1st things our uncle reminded us about when we started having success with 3T. Be charitable and give back.
Use your success and fame for good. Visit children hospitals. Give
yourself to the less fortunate. Make your music count for something.
My uncle was truly amazing. Not only did he do all of these things and more. We learned best by his example.
There will NEVER be a purer soul than my uncle Michael. People put him
through hell here on earth, but now he is finally free in heaven.
I miss him so much.
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