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BOBBY BANDIERA & FRIENDS ANNOUNCE HOPE CONCERT 9 FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 AT THE HISTORIC COUNT BASIE THEATRE

BENEFITING THE FOODBANK OF MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES and LATINO OUTREACH PROGRAMS at TWO RIVER THEATER

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(RED BANK, NJ) Bobby Bandiera & Friends return to the Count Basie Theatre on Friday, December 23, 2016 for HOPE CONCERT 9, slated this year to benefit The Foodbank Of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Latino outreach programs at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.

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

Tickets, priced from $50 to $500, go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 7th at noon through www.TheBASIE.org, theatre phone charge at 732-842-9000 and the Basie box office, located onsite at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

“Every year, we get together at the Basie in the name of HOPE to raise awareness and money for worthwhile organizations that make a difference in our community,” said longtime HOPE concert organizer Bobby Bandiera. “This year, I couldn’t be more pleased that we’ll be helping the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Latino programming and outreach efforts at the Two River Theater.”

“The FoodBank’s mission is to ensure that Hunger Won’t Win Here,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Executive Director of the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. “Proceeds from HOPE 9 will go directly toward food and programs that feed the hungry in this community. The FoodBank has 300 feeding programs in Monmouth and Ocean Counties and approximately 70 of them are within 10 miles of Red Bank. Our partners include pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and group homes, and our goal is always to ensure that all families have access to enough nutritious food for an active and healthy life.”

“The promise of hope is essential to the art of theater,” says Two River Theater Artistic Director John Dias. “We strive not only to reflect the world in which we live but also to show people what’s possible.

Two River’s Latino outreach programs are geared toward making the experience of theater, and our work here in Red Bank, accessible to all audiences. We give to those who don’t always see themselves reflected in mainstream popular culture, a mirror in which to see themselves on stage. We are grateful to be a beneficiary of the annual HOPE 9, which will help Two River continue our work of producing plays by Latino writers; hosting free public events, including activities for families; and making available free tickets to mainstage performances through our community outreach partnerships.”

Past HOPE concert performers have included Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Deborah Harry of Blondie, Southside Johnny, Nicole Atkins, Gary U.S. Bonds, John Cafferty, Richie “La Bamba” Rosenberg, Brian Fallon and the late Ben E. King. As is tradition, Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone and his band, The Shirleys, will open the show with a set of holiday favorites.

“Bobby and his friends continue to demonstrate the art of generosity by 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 shows. This year’s recipients are two extremely deserving organizations.”

For more information about HOPE CONCERT 8 or other Count Basie Theatre events, contact Jonathan Vena at jvena@countbasietheatre.org / 732-224-8778 x 107


ABOUT THE COUNT BASIE THEATRE:

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, Ringo Starr, Tony Bennett and Ariana Grande. 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.TheBASIE.org

ABOUT THE FOODBANK OF MONMOUTH AND OCEAN COUNTIES:

HUNGER WON’T WIN HERE

The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties distributes more than 12 million meals annually through a network of over 300 feeding programs. Hunger in Monmouth and Ocean Counties is no longer a crisis that can be remedied with emergency food alone. The FoodBank works toward long-term solutions to the chronic problem of food insecurity, with initiatives to support a community where all people at all times have access to enough food to maintain an active and healthy life. Through programs and services like the Culinary Arts Training Program, Nutrition Education, and outreach assistance for SNAP (food stamps), VITA free tax assistance, and affordable healthcare, the FoodBank is working to build food-secure communities. We feed the lines and work toward shortening them at the same time. The FoodBank has received the highest rating of 4 Stars from Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years. A total of 95 cents out of every dollar raised supports food and programs. Visit us at www.fulfillnj.org.

ABOUT TWO RIVER THEATER:

Two River Theater (TRT) is a professional, nonprofit theater that produces American and world masterpieces, and new plays and musicals. TRT is at the forefront of the American theater and is recognized in the national theater community for its new-play commissioning program, launched in 2010 to create a pipeline for developing work that contributes to the vitality and future of the American theater. In addition to its eight-play season, TRT’s activities include programs for young people, community events, and festivals of new work. Funds raised through Hope 9 will help Two River Theater’s Latino outreach programs, which foster a stronger relationship between the theater and Red Bank’s Latino community and create artistic opportunities for Latino theater artists from around the country. Please visit TRT at www.tworivertheater.org