Grant will go towards arts education and outreach programs to at-risk students throughout Monmouth County

(SEPTEMBER 26, 2016 – RED BANK) The historic Count Basie Theatre has announced the receipt of a $7500 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation.

“We are deeply grateful to The Provident Bank Foundation for its generous grant, and for the direct impact it will have on our organization’s commitment to arts education outreach in three of our most important partner school districts – Red Bank, Long Branch and Keansburg,” said Michael Parent, Vice Chairman of Operations, Count Basie Theatre Executive Board. “Their visionary grant strengthens the Basie’s mission to bring and integrate the arts into the classroom — to enhance the learning environment, generate knowledge of the arts, and to create positive and life-impacting opportunities for students and educators alike.”

“Our support of Count Basie Theatre’s arts education program is part of our continued effort to enrich our community,” said Jane Kurek, executive director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “This arts program exposes students to everything from writing to dance to musical theater – all while gaining the knowledge and confidence to perform live. We applaud the work of the Count Basie Theatre and we’re very proud to offer support for this program.”

Established in 2003, The Provident Bank Foundation was founded with the intent of supporting not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide valuable services to the communities served by Provident Bank. PBF is committed to strengthening and sustaining its relationships with communities in the bank’s marketplace.