LOS ANGELES, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- City of Hope announced that Philip Quartararo, president of Warner Bros. Records Inc. will be this year's "The Spirit of Life" Award honoree by the Music and Entertainment Industry fund- raising group for City of Hope. Quartararo will be feted this fall at a black-tie gala in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event will establish an honorary research fellowship in his honor at City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. "In our chapter's history, we have consistently chosen innovators, individuals who have fundamentally influenced the direction of the music industry to become recipient of 'The Spirit of Life' Award," says Don Passman, chapter president. The Music and Entertainment Industry for City of Hope has raised $30 million in its 25-year history. Philip Quartararo, one of the modern music industry's most respected and diversely talented executives, brings a life-long love of music and a wide range of experience to his position as President of Warner Bros. Records Inc. Assuming his new post in late 1997 and working closely with the company's Chairman and CEO, Russ Thyret, Quartararo has since helped guide Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records and their affiliated labels through one of the most successful periods in their history, with a string of hit releases by such artists as Madonna, Cher, Eric Clapton, Barenaked Ladies, Goo Goo Dolls, Faith Hill, newcomers Paula Cole and Cornershop along with the multi-platinum soundtrack to "City of Angels." Quartararo launched his career at nineteen as a college representative for A&M Records and later worked in promotions for both A&M and RCA Records in New York and Washington D.C. In 1983, Quartararo became Vice President of Promotion for Island Records, where he was instrumental in breaking a number of artists, including U2. Three years later he was tapped to head up promotion and marketing for Virgin Records' U.S. operation, where he subsequently served as President and CEO from 1992 until 1997. During his tenure, Virgin Records enjoyed major successes with such artists as Smashing Pumpkins, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones and Lenny Kravitz. In 1997, he left Virgin Records to become President of Warner Bros. Records Inc. Quartararo lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife and two sons. He is on the Board of Directors of T.J. Martel Foundation and the Neil Bogart Foundation, the Musicians Assistance Program, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the Special Olympics. The City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center located in the Greater Los Angeles area, is one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for cancer and other serious diseases including diabetes and HIV/AIDS. The work conducted at City of Hope is shared with medical centers worldwide, touching the lives of millions of people everywhere. For answers to questions about cancer and its treatment, please call City of Hope's 24-hour Hope Connection at 1-800-341-HOPE, or visit the Website at www.cityofhope.org.
SOURCE City of Hope