ROXBURY, NJ – Buoyed by the support of Investor’s Bank and other sponsors, the Roxbury Arts Alliance (RAA) is hoping to see its performing arts center at Horseshoe Lake in Succasunna continue to grow, said RAA President Sarah Coraggio.
Investor’s Bank, which has a branch in Succasunna, has agreed to continue sponsoring the RAA’s facility at 72 Eyland Avenue. “I am really thrilled that they decided to support us,” Coraggio said. “I think the theater adds a lot of value to the community.”
The deal means that, through at least 2025 the venue will retain the name “Investor’s Bank Theater.” This is the 11th year that Investor’s Bank is supporting the RAA.
“We’re excited about it,” said Investor’s Bank Marketing Director Jason Bacharach. “One of our core values is community, and what better way to support the community than by supporting the arts. It adds so much to towns and communities and we feel it’s a really good opportunity for us to help out and pitch in.”
Coraggio said the bank agreed to give the RAA $50,000 over the course of the 8-year-long arrangement. The money goes into the group’s operating fund account to help it pay for insurance, equipment maintenance, program printing and other expenses, she said.
“We are looking to grow the theater,” Coraggio said. “We’re working on a budget for how we’re going to use the money more efficiently to make the theater grow. “
The 125-seat venue is used for a variety of artistic performances and has seen some pretty big names take the stage over the years. Singer/songwriter Lee DeWyze, best known for winning the Season 9 American Idol competition, is scheduled to perform Friday evening.
“I know how important it is to have these arts programs,” Bacharach said. He said big name acts are great, but the fact that the theater “does a great job with camp and youth programs” is also important.
“We’re happy to provide the stage for that success, if you will,” Bacharach said, noting the bank urges its employees – who “live and work in same places” as its clients – to get involved in community programs.
He noted the bank – through its “Care2Share” program allows its customers to help the theater. The RAA receives a percentage of participating customers’ checking and savings account balances.
Coraggio said the RAA doesn’t always come out in the black from shows at the theater. The limited number of seats means even popular artists can only draw so much money for the group.
“We try to at least break even with all the acts,” she said.
Editor's Note: Investor's Bank is a TAPinto Roxbury sponsor.