Jon Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Richie Sambora and Brian McKnight are among the performers set to honor Jim Caparro, prexy/CEO of Polygram Group Distribution, who has been named the 1998 Humanitarian of the Year by the T.J. Martel Foundation.
Caparro will be feted at the org’s 23rd annual black-tie gala set for May 7 at the New York Hilton. The evening’s all-star musical tribute will be shepherded by producer Don Was. The dinner is among the handful of hot industry fundraisers that attract the music industry’s top execs and artists.
“Jim has worked for the (foundation) for many, many years with no demand for praise or recognition, and has played an essential part in our ability to reach our goals each year,” said Frances Preston, prexy of the foundation.
The well-respected Caparro has worked as chief of one of the Big Six music distribution firms since 1992 and has led it to being named Distributor of the Year for the past four consecutive years by the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers.
“I am humbled to be this year’s honoree, and embrace the challenge of giving back to an organization that seeks to break medical barriers through its research,” Caparro said.
Since its bow in 1975, the T.J. Martel Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has raised more than $100 million.