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To benefit 180 Turning Lives Around, the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and The Basie’s Arts for All Initative

Tickets go on sale to the general public next Friday, October 2nd at noon

PHOTO: Bobby Bandiers onstage at Hope Concert VII in 2014.  (Credit: Count Basie Theatre)

RED BANK, NJ –  Bobby Bandiera & Friends return to the Count Basie Theatre on December 23, 2015 for HOPE CONCERT 8, slated this year to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around and the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group.

In addition, $10 from every ticket sold will go towards the Red Bank Borough Middle School’s new arts initiative in collaboration with the Basie to bring the arts to every child.

Tickets, priced from $50 to $500, go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 2nd at noon through, theatre phone charge at 732-842-9000 and the Basie box office, located onsite at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

“Bobby and his friends continue to demonstrate their generosity and spirit of bringing hope to much needed organizations,” said Count Basie Theatre President and CEO, Adam Philipson.  “The Hope concerts are a staple of the Basie’s benefit performances and make great change for the organizations in receipt.  180 Turning Lives Around, VNA and the Red Bank Middle School are three extremely deserving organizations that will utilize these donations to the fullest.”

“Hope is exactly what we are providing at 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.,” said Anna Diaz-White, Executive Director of 180. “Hope motivates the families that reach out to 180 to take the often frightening steps necessary to end domestic violence and abuse in their own life and in the lives of their children. We are delighted to have been selected as a beneficiary of the Hope Concert 8 which will give our organization the resources needed to bring hope and healing to Monmouth County families and children affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse.” Funds raised through Hope 8 will help 180 deliver mission-critical services such as emergency shelter at its new safe house, art therapy for children, trauma counseling, court assistance and more.

“Hope is defined as a feeling that something good will happen or be true,’ added Steven Landers, MD, MPH, and President / CEO at Visiting Nurse Association Health Group. “Each and every day, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group’s caring staff and volunteers bring hope to homes and communities across New Jersey, to people of all ages and from all walks of life. Whether it is a nurse visiting the home of a frail senior to provide medication, a hospice music therapist lifting the spirits of a terminally ill patient or a social worker counseling a new and inexperienced mother on how to care for her infant, the VNA is delivering hope. We are honored to be a beneficiary of the annual Hope Concert 8 and are incredibly grateful for the outpouring of good will and support generated by this event to help sustain our 103-year old mission  to care for every patient in need, regardless of their circumstances or ability to pay.”

“Being in a community – one that I feel is a good community, so many peo­ple contribute in their own way,” Bandiera said. “I like to help out as much as I can, with anything that may need the attention of a benefit. Whether it be (past HOPE beneficiaries) the Parker Clinic, ALS awareness, the Cancer Institute… this time around, we have three more worthy candidates in need of funding and awareness.”

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