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Count Basie Theatre Updates

Note from Adam Philipson, Count Basie Theatre CEO
The weeks that followed Hurricane Sandy on October 29 have tested our strength as a community and an entire state. On the Jersey Shore we have suffered devastation like nothing any of us have seen in a lifetime. The process of rebuilding we know is emotional and will take a long time.
It is hard to believe I landed in Red Bank two days before the Hurricane and yet, in the few short weeks I have been here, I can already see why The Smithsonian magazine voted Red Bank as one of the Top 5 Best Small Towns in America. It’s the culture, the food, but mostly it’s the people. I am amazed how we have come together to help each other, offer support, and try to bring some peace and joy to those that are suffering. On a personal note: my wife, children and I deeply thank you for the warm welcome that we have received from so many of you and the great concern you have expressed for the timing of our arrival.
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Hope Concert VI Press Release
The Hope Concert VI was held on Sunday, December 23, 2012 to a sold out crowd at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank.
Some of the performers that evening along with Bobby Bandiera were Jon Bon Jovi, Ben E. King, Southside Johnny, Gary US Bonds, Tim McCloone and the Holiday Express Band.
This year the proceeds benefited the Parker Family Health Center located in Red Bank and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey located in New Brunswick.

Pictured above is the Hope Concert Check Presentation for $160,000. From left to right: Stu Alderoty, Count Basie Theatre Board of Directors; John Horl, Vice President and Treasurer of Parker Family Health Center; Gina Petillo, Parker Family Health Center Board of Trustees; Bobby Bandiera; Leanne Kochy, CINJ and Beth Gianotto, Count Basie Theatre Board of Trustees.
Kennedy Center Partners In Education Launches First Red Bank Borough Teachers Workshop
On January 17 and 18 the Count Basie Theatre and the Kennedy Center presented a workshop at Red Bank Primary School facilitated by Lenore Blank Kelnore, a Kennedy Center teaching artist (Laying the Foundation, the Kennedy Center’s Definition of Arts Integration and Bringing Literature to Life) to the Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers in the Borough schools. This workshop was developed in association with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is partially underwritten by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.

Teachers who attended the workshop remarked that the information presented was not only informative, but in many cases transforming. The highly anticipated upcoming workshop offered by Melanie Layne (“Reading and Talking about Visual Art in the Early Childhood Classroom”) is scheduled for April 9, 2013.

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Count Basie Theatre Leads Series of Sandy Relief Events Raising over $400k for Charities
Red Bank, NJ: In the months that followed Hurricane Sandy, the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank quickly became the hub for fundraising concerts and events. Charities, local and national musicians, and television celebrities reached out to the Basie and creative endeavors began. Count Basie Theatre CEO, Adam Philipson spearheaded the plan to fill the calendar with not only Count Basie Theatre presented shows or rentals, but also with outside organizations needing a space that could accommodate the public. The results have yielded substantial donations for the relief efforts in the Monmouth County area. “Our vision was to become an active agent of change and support during one of the worst national disasters” said Philipson, “we opened our doors and hearts to the families that were suffering and were grateful to have had so many artists willing to participate with us.”
Of the many concerts that took place over the past three months, Count Basie Theatre presented or co-presented events generated funding toward Sandy relief from combined donations through Count Basie Theatre Raffle ticket sales, the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performance, a private donation from the Feaster Family, and Swing’ and Singin’ for Sandy Relief featuring The Manhattan Transfer.
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1,000 Area Students Invited to Count Basie Theatre for Special Performance
Red Bank, NJ: On April 24, Count Basie Theatre hosted 1,000 students from area schools to see a special morning performance of Cirque Zuma Zuma. Students and their chaperones from Highlands Elementary, Memorial School in Union Beach, Red Bank Primary, Red Bank Middle School and Red Bank Charter School were given complimentary tickets to the show as part of Count Basie Theatre’s Outreach Program.
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Monmouth Medical Center Announces New Partnership with Count Basie Theatre
Long Branch, N.J. – Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, recently announced its partnership with the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank as part of the hospital’s ongoing community outreach.
As the presenting sponsor of the Basie Awards, Monmouth Medical Center will help the Count Basie Theatre recognize high school students from Monmouth County at the Eighth Annual Awards Ceremony on May 22. The ceremony will includemusical production numbers from the schools nominated for specific categories, most of which are based on Broadway’s Tony Awards, including Overall Outstanding Musical, as well as musical medleys performed by those nominated for Lead Actor and Actress.
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Count Basie Theatre Announces Annual Gala
RED BANK: Count Basie Theatre Boards of Trustees and Directors along with Tom Bernard, President of Sony Pictures Classics; Count Basie Theatre’s Friends of Film; and the Basie staff announced its 2013 annual gala called “flick” a month-long celebration of Film and the New Jersey film industry that will kick-off May 14 with a free screening of the documentary film Sound City and culminate with a gala celebration and concert on June 14 with 6-time Grammy award and 2-time Academy award winner Randy Newman.
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