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OceanFirst Foundation Awards Algonquin Arts Theatre $20,000 for Lighting Cable Replacement

August 14, 2015

MANASQUAN, N.J. (August 14, 2015) – This summer Algonquin Arts Theatre replaced the electrical wiring system that supplies power to the theatre's entire lighting grid thanks to a generous $20,000 grant by OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River.

“The OceanFirst Foundation's funds were crucial for us to be able to make these upgrades," said Algonquin Arts Theatre Managing Director Pamela Ward. “After years of wear and tear, the old system needed to be replaced and this grant will allow the lights to come up safely and efficiently hundreds of times per year for our musicals, plays, concerts and other events."

Since 1997, OceanFirst Foundation has played a leading role in the growth of Algonquin Arts Theatre to leading regional performing arts center. In total, the Foundation has contributed $741,833 in both capital and operating funds through 28 grants.

Work on project was completed in June and July during breaks in the theatre's busy on stage schedule. In all, nearly three miles of cable with more than 400 break out and coupling connections were installed during the project. Stretched end to end, the cable installed would stretch from downtown Manasquan, across the Route 35 Bridge to Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach.

The wiring system upgrades included replacing primary electrical trunks with industry-standard Socapex to all functional lighting stations including both back stage and in on the front of house truss and box booms, the systems on which lights are mounted.

All connections in the system were updated to industry standard stage pin connectors to supply a total of 120 lighting instrument locations. Additionally, the project replaced strip lights that illuminate the cyclorama, the large curtain backdrop to the stage.

About OceanFirst Foundation

Since its founding in 1902, OceanFirst Bank (oceanfirst.com) has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen. The Bank's strong commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central New Jersey meet their financial needs has spanned several generations reaching new heights in 1996 with the creation of OceanFirst Foundation. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that meet community needs within the OceanFirst market area. Since its inception, OceanFirst Foundation has contributed more than $26 million to over 600 local charities and schools in Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties. To learn more about OceanFirst Foundation visit oceanfirstfdn.org.

About Algonquin Arts Theatre

Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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. The end goal is to foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among underserved audiences including the economically disadvantaged, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.

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; by funds from the Paul F. Zito, M.D. Educational Foundation, by Simon Kaufman, Esq. & Maria Zito-Kaufman, and by Manasquan Bank.