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Music Industry Exec Phil Quartararo to be Honored by Testaverde Fund For Spinal Cord Injury

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Music industry legend Phil Quartararo will be honored by the Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury on May 22. Phil Q is currently president EMI Music Marketing and EVP EMI Music NA. He was formerly president of Warner Brothers Records and a founder a president of Virgin Records USA. The event will take place at the Woodmere Country Club on Long Island, and will benefit spinal cord injury research, education and community outreach.

Wantagh, NY (PRWEB) April 8, 2006 -- The Testaverde Fund for Spinal Cord Injury, Inc is pleased to announce that we will be honoring Phil Quartararo, President EMI Music Marketing and Executive Vice President of EMI Music North America at this year's Spinal Victory Challenge dinner. This year's annual golf outing, co-sponsored with the Joe Testaverde Special Needs Trust, will take place at the beautiful Woodmere Country Club on May 22. Last year's celebrity guests included former NY Jet Greg Buttle, actor Tony Darrow (Goodfellas, Sopranos, Analyze This), Congressman Peter King (also an advisory board member), and Brooke Ellison, subject of the TV movie directed by Christopher Reeve.

Phil Q., as he is affectionately known in the music industry, was formerly president of Warner Brothers Records during which time the company enjoyed a string of hit releases by artists such as Madonna, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Faith Hill. He also was part of the founding team of Virgin USA and became their president and CEO. During his tenure there, Virgin became a powerful brand with artists such as Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz and the Spice Girls. In addition to being a member of the Testaverde Fund Advisory Board from its inception, he is also on the board of the Special Olympics, Crippled Children’s Society, the Musician’s Assistance Program, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Grammy Foundation. Phil will be presented with the group’s Spinal Victory Award for outstanding community service.

The Testaverde Fund, a 501C3 non-profit organization, was named after Wantagh resident Joe Testaverde, who was injured in a swimming pool accident in 2000 at age 17 and is now a quadriplegic. While initially focused on raising money for research, the Fund last year created the Long Island Spinal Cord Resource Center (LISCIRC), as a means of reaching out to the community through education programs and by providing a support network to families who have had a loved one succumb to spinal cord injury. In addition, the organization also began a Wheels 2 Water East program which teaches disabled young men and women how to surf.

“We are all very excited about how our organization has been received by the community” stated Ron Quartararo, president of the Testaverde Fund. LISCIRC seems to have filled a void in terms of providing the kinds of education and community outreach programs that have long been missing”. Joe, Assistant Director of LISCIRC is also the cousin of former NY Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

Registration fees for a full day of golf and dinner will be $300. Dinner only is $125 pp or $1250 for a table of ten. The evening will include entertainment, silent auction, and raffle prizes. Golfers or dinner attendees can register or reserve a seat or table by going to the Testaverde Fund web site at www.testaverdefund.org.

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