RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — I could not begin to count the number of entrepreneurs I have met over the years who weren’t excited about “volunteering” and “giving something back” to the community.

Add Jason Caplain and some friends of his to the list.

Caplain, one of the principals at Southern Capitol Ventures and a former top executive at Red Hat, is part of a group touting the “Band Together” costume party and contest set for Saturday, Oct. 25 in Raleigh at Sushi Breeze. The event will benefit the Special Olympics of North Carolina with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to that organization.

No management fees. No expenses.

“My wife, Courtney and I have been looking around for a while for an organization we really believed in,” Caplain says. “When we heard from Phil (Gruber) and Danny (Rosin) that they were resurrecting Band Together, we decided to jump in and help. By benefiting at least two charities a year, this group quickly makes a big difference with some very worthwhile organizations. In addition, I couldn’t think of a more dedicated and fun group to work with.”

(Gruber works at RPG Benefits Solutions. Rosin is president of BrandFuel Promotions.)

Band Together organized a benefit for the New York and Washington DC relief funds in the wake of the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attack. The event raised some $60,000. They hope to raise $15,000 to $25,000 for Special Olympics.

So, what does this have to do with high tech?

Ask the people at the North Carolina Food Bank which receives extraordinary support from Cisco — and all the other organizations such as Special Olympics that receive help from the entrepreneurs and techies.

“Yes, it’s unique,” Caplain says of “Band Together.” “One hundred percent of the net proceeds goes to Special Olympics for this event. It is 100 percent volunteer driven, and we have no overhead. We also have substantial in kind donations to keep costs low.”

Participating organizations include:

  • Brand Fuel Promotions
  • Honeywell
  • RPG Benefits Solutions
  • Maupin Taylor
  • Brontomail
  • Top of the Hill
  • Sears Contract, Inc.
  • Capital Fitness
  • NAAAP-NC/CEA (National Association of Asian-American Professionals-NC/ Chinese Entrepreneur Association)
  • Pepsi Bottling
  • Metro Productions
  • K Wall Designs
  • The event has a nine-member steering committee (Skip Mangum, Danny Rosin, Phil Gruber, Shellie Sierra, Hans Huang, Tom Lyon, Bill Fiveash, Mandy Pierce, Sean Michael Hazuda) and more than 40 volunteers. They hope to draw 250 or more people to the event.

    “They are the driving force of the event,” Caplain says of the steering committee, “and without them, the group wouldn’t exist.”

    Tickets are $30 in advance – $35 at the door.

    For entertainment, Caplain promises “three great bands – Countdown Quartet, Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and the sultry sounds of Dominica.” There also will be a costume contest, food, and prizes.

    Check it out, have a good time, and help a good cause.

    Band Together:

    Rick Smith is managing editor of Local Tech Wire.