The T.J. Martell Foundation announced two of the stars that are slated to make special appearances at the sixth annual Nashville Honors Gala. Country music recording artists Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker will make special appearances at the gala, which will be held at the Nashville Omni Hotel on March 10, 2014.

This year’s high profile affair will recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the music industry, the Nashville economy and medical research. Honorees are Nashville real estate visionary Mark Bloom, music industry icons Dale Morris and Mike Dungan, entrepreneur Beth Dortch Franklin and cancer research pioneer Scott Hiebert.

The T.J. Martell Foundation’s Nashville Honors Gala is a high profile festive affair, which brings together celebrities with business, medical, sports and entertainment industry leaders to raise awareness and funds for innovative cancer research at 11 top research hospitals in the United States including the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.

“We are so excited that Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker will be appearing to pay tribute to our honorees and to help support the wonderful work of the T.J. Martell Foundation,” said T.J. Martell’s Director of Strategic Development,Tinti Moffat. “Both artists are longtime supporters of the foundation and have become known for using their enormous fame and public influence to raise money and awareness for charitable causes.”

Moffat added, “Our honorees embody the spirit of what our organization believes in and have played instrumental roles in their industries as well as the city of Nashville. This event benefits a great cause and has been an incredible experience each year.”

The March 10 event is invitation only and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and premiere silent auction. The festivities continue at 7:00 p.m. with dinner, the awards presentation, outstanding musical performances and a live auction.The cochairs for the 2013 event include Danielle Bouharoun, Wells Fargo Private Banking; Ree Buchanan, Wrensong Publishing; and Mark Wright, Show Dog Music.