Bobby Bandiera & Friends set historic night to benefit Parker Family Health Center and POAC Autism Services

(RED BANK – OCT 15) Musician, bandleader and community icon Bobby Bandiera and the Count Basie Center for the Arts have announced details for HOPE 10 – THE FINAL HOPE CONCERT.

The annual charity concert, which has raised millions for area community organizations, will take place at the Basie Center on Sunday, December 23. Tickets, priced between $50 and $500, go on sale this Friday, Oct. 19 at noon through theBASIE.org, charge by phone at 732-842-9000 and the Basie Center box office, located onsite at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

“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 inour community,” said HOPE founder and bandleader Bobby Bandiera. “For this final HOPE concert, POAC Autism Services and the Parker Family Health CENTER will be our beneficiaries, and I couldn’t think of two better organizations to represent allthat 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, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “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 OceanGrove, 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.

The concert’s reputation for attracting star-studded lineups is also legendary, with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi,Blondie’s Deborah Harry, Brian Fallon, Southside Johnny Lyon, Max Weinberg, Nicole Atkins, Glen Burtnick, John Cafferty, Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg and Gary U.S. Bonds among the HOPE alumni.

Artists participating in this final iteration of the HOPE concert will be announced closer to the show. “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.”


The Count Basie Center for the Arts is New Jersey’s premier center for the cultural arts, dedicated to fostering powerful, inclusive artistic experiences and creative exchange of ideas. The Basie mission is to inspire, educate and entertain through its distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region. As a nonprofit organization, the Basie is committed toenriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations and driving regional economic prosperity. The Basie Center has hosted an array of world-class artists, including Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tony Bennett, Sophia Loren and Ringo Starr. Count Basie Center programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
For more information, visit www.thebasie.org.



Founded in 2000, the Parker Family Health Center is a volunteer-based clinic offering full spectrum primary health care free of charge to residents of Monmouth County who are uninsured and cannot pay for medical care.

A medical home for over 1,500 patients a year, the PFHC seeks to keep community members healthy and able to work and take care of their families. The clinic opened in a donated trailer outfitted for medical care. In 2003, the clinic moved into a permanent building on the same site where it continues to operate. The PFHC has logged over 150,000 patient visits over its 18-year history. At the PFHC, medical care is provided by a network of over 180 dedicated volunteers. Our team consists of committed health care providers in numerous specialties including cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, ophthalmology, nephrology, pediatrics, podiatry and many more.


POAC Autism Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is making life better for every child and adult with autism in our state. Each year POAC provides hundreds of free events for the autism community including: free training and education for parents and educators; free recreational and support services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families: and free training for police and first responders which has saved countless lives across the state. For the thousands of children and adults with autism who benefit from our services and programs every year, POAC has become a bastion of support and a beacon of hope.

Kelly O'Brien