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T.J. Martell Family Day Raises Funds for Children’s Hospital

Some 450 kids and parents descended on the CBS Studio Center Back Lot in Studio City Sunday afternoon for the the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 5th Annual Family Day L.A. Pop duo Karmin, “American Idol” finalist Jessica Sanchez, new pop star Megan Nicole and Universal’s girl group Cimorelli performed. Laura Marano and Coco Jones played hostess while bringing awareness to the need to continue funding leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

The street fair featured kids zipped into Velcro suits and tossed onto a Velcro wall, carnival games, cupcakes and cotton candy. But the heart of the matter was raising funds to be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

The event honored three leading lights in the music industry who have donated time and resources to Family Day: Phil Guerini, VP of programming and g.m. of Radio Disney and Michael Klausman, president of CBS Studio Center and Bruce Eskowitz, COO of Red Light Management.

Klausman, who oversees the CBS Radford location, took the stage to accept his honor and shared that his wife was diagnosed one year ago with leukemia, “It is real important for all of us to get involved,” he said.

Guerini, whose involvement with T.J. Martell predates his 20-some years with the Walt Disney Co., has also seen the devastating results of cancer as his mother-in-law succumbed to the disease. He reiterates parents have  a key role parents in raising children who are compassionate and proactive in helping others. He said he was fortunate in his childhood, growing up with parents who instilled these values that he is now passing down to his daughter. “We had a responsibility to be active in our community and to pay it forward,” he said of his upbringing.

pictured: Phil Guerini, Bruce Eskowitz and Michael Klausman 

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