Musician, bandleader and community icon Bobby Bandiera, along with the Count Basie Center for the Arts have announced details for HOPE X: THE FINAL HOPE CONCERT.
“This is our tenth HOPE concert, and I’ve been proud to gather my friends at the Basie to help out for so many great causes in our community,” said HOPE founder and bandleader Bobby Bandiera. “For this final HOPE concert, POAC Autism Services and the Parker Family Health Clinic will be our beneficiaries, and I couldn’t think of two better organizations to represent all that these concerts have stood for.”
“The list of organizations that Hope concerts have benefitted over the past years is significant,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, of the Basie Center. “This year’s deserving organizations will benefit greatly from the generosity of time and talent of the artists. But this year we also take off our hats and honor an icon and treasure to our community — Bobby himself.”
“What a privilege to share in the celebration of the talent and altruism of one of the Shore’s treasures, Bobby Bandiera,” said Dr. Gene Cheslock, founder of the Parker Family Health Center. “We’re honored to celebrate an outstanding citizen of our singular community. Bobby has done so much to bring us all closer together with no expectation of recognition.”
“At POAC Autism Services, our goal is to ‘Make Life Better Every Day’ for everyone affected by autism in New Jersey,” said Gary Weitzen, Executive Director, POAC Autism Services. “Bobby Bandiera has been doing exactly that for nonprofit organizations, and all the people they serve, for years. His giving spirit has touched so many lives locally and throughout our state. We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of Hope X and grateful to be a beneficiary and part of Bobby’s legacy of generosity.”
The first HOPE concert took place in 2003, and on a semi-annual basis since, the shows have raised millions of dollars for charity organizations, including the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey, Mary’s Place By The Sea in Ocean Grove, Horizons Student Enrichment Program at Rumson Country Day School, Fulfill (the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties), 180 Turning Lives Around, The Valerie Fund at Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, Red Bank Borough Schools, and programs at both the Basie and the Two River Theater.
“Though this is the final HOPE concert,” Bandiera noted, “it’s important that the spirit of giving back through music lives on for years to come. With that in mind, HOPE 10 is going to be an incredible celebration.”