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Manasquan Bank Presents Algonquin Arts With Check For $25,000 To Sponsor 2016-17 Broadway Series

September 21, 2016

Caption: Representatives from Manasquan Bank presented Algonquin Arts Theatre with a check for $25,000 earlier this month. Pictured are Alison McGonigal, Algonquin Board Vice Chair; Eliot Colon, Algonquin Board Chair; Diane Onto, Manasquan Bank Branch Manager; Kathie Adams, Manasquan Bank Vice President; Pamela Ward, Algonquin Arts Theatre Executive Director; Teresa Staub, Algonquin Arts Theatre Senior Director of Development; and Ann Slavick, Manasquan Bank Vice President

MANASQUAN, N.J. (September 21, 2016) - Manasquan Bank presented Algonquin Arts Theatre with a $25,000 check this month to sponsor the Main Street theatre's 2016-17 Broadway Series. The Broadway Series gets started on September 30 as "Damn Yankees" opens for a two weekend run. The Tony Award-winning musical follows baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, who trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees.

Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, "Damn Yankees" is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter, an irreverent sense of humor and memorable musical numbers including "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo."

The Broadway Series presented by Manasquan Bank will be entirely produced by Algonquin Arts Theatre for the first time. Following "Damn Yankees," the series continues with productions of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" immediately following Thanksgiving, Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" in January, and "A Raisin in the Sun" in February. The series concludes with a pair of musicals in the spring, starting with Alan Janes' "BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story" and concluding in May with Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" in April.

"At Manasquan Bank, we are proud to continue our support to our cultural partners, Algonquin Arts Theatre, for their commitment to deliver high quality Arts programs to the local area," said James Vaccaro, Chairman, President and CEO of Manasquan Bank. "Like the Algonquin, we, at Manasquan Bank, are dedicated to the provision of the highest quality products and services to those same local communities."

The 2016-17 season marks the penultimate year of a four year, $100,000 commitment from Manasquan Bank to sponsor the Broadway Series. The funds support the Broadway Series productions as well as the operation of the historic 78-year old venue located in downtown Manasquan. Manasquan Bank is the original title sponsor for the theatre's marquee series, which features Broadway-style musicals and plays.

"Manasquan Bank's support of our Broadway Series and the theatre's programs across the board allow Algonquin Arts Theatre to continue to bring high quality performances and educational opportunities to Manasquan and the surrounding area," said Algonquin Arts Theatre Executive Director Pamela Ward.

"I've said before that great neighbors make communities thrive, and we are thankful for Manasquan Bank's commitment to the arts and supporting local theatre."

Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.

Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering greater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.

Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Manasquan Bank, the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Freed Foundation, the PNC Foundation, the Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of our patrons.

The theatre was voted New Jersey's favorite small performing arts center south of the Raritan River in 2015.

Manasquan Bank, a community bank committed to the mutual form of ownership, is headquartered in Wall Township, NJ. The Bank has been serving Manasquan and its surrounding areas since 1874. With assets over $1 billion and a full line of personal & business services, Manasquan Bank has eight branch locations in Monmouth & Ocean Counties, and is slated to open its 9th and 10th branches in Howell and Ocean Townships. Manasquan Bank proudly supports community-focused, non-profit initiatives through the Manasquan Bank Foundation. For more information, visit