hope 9 check recipientsTwo River Theater’s Latino outreach programs, Red Bank Borough schools and the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties benefit from Bandiera & Friends concerts

RED BANK, NJ - Beneficiaries of December’s HOPE 9 concert received checks today in a presentation at the nonprofit Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank.

The concert, orchestrated and performed by Bobby Bandiera and a host of regional musicians, raised more than $200,000 for its beneficiaries: The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and Two River Theater’s Latino outreach programs. In addition, $10 from every ticket sold will go towards arts education programs at Red Bank Middle School.

- TWO RIVER THEATER: Count Basie Theatre VP / Operations Izzy Sackowitz, HOPE Concert Founder and musician Bobby Bandiera, Two River Theater Managing Director Michael Hurst, Count Basie Theatre President / CEO Adam Philipson, Count Basie Theatre VP / Development Maria Sorensen, Count Basie Theatre Director / Special Events & Sponsorships Jamie Ferlanti

- FOODBANK OF MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES: Count Basie Theatre VP / Operations Izzy Sackowitz, Count Basie Theatre President / CEO Adam Philipson, FoodBank Development Director Linda Keenan, HOPE Concert Founder and musician Bobby Bandiera, FoodBank Executive Director Carlos Rodriguez, FoodBank Individual Giving / Sponsorships Director Diana Flippo, FoodBank Press / Media Director Lori Sayde, Count Basie Theatre VP / Development Maria Sorensen

- RED BANK BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT: Count Basie Theatre VP / Operations Izzy Sackowitz, Red Bank Borough Schools Director of Curriculum Stacy Sherwood, Red Bank Borough Schools Board Of Education VP Michael Ballard, HOPE Concert Founder and musician Bobby Bandiera, Red Bank Borough Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jared Rummage, Red Bank Middle School Principal Maria Iozzi and Count Basie Theatre VP / Development Maria Sorensen.

The Count Basie Theatre’s primary mission is to serve the people of the State of New Jersey by providing a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and education programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the region; foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of the performing arts, creates opportunity for cultural enrichment for people at all economic levels, and honors the memory of Red Bank native and renowned jazz pianist William James “Count” Basie. The Count Basie Theatre has hosted an array of world-class artists, including Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tony Bennett, Sophia Loren and Ringo Starr. Count Basie Theatre programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.countbasietheatre.org