bergenPAC is happy to announce The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) chose it as one of the recipients of its First Cycle 2018 Major Grants, which totaled more than $200,000 for projects and programs across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

A Major Grant funds projects and/or programs that address one or more of PBF’s funding priority areas – community enrichment, education and health, youth and families. Major Grants provide between $5,000 and $25,000 in funding, and support organizations that have identified an immediate need in the community and the individuals they serve.

“The level of diversity and depth of the organizations and programs selected for this year’s first cycle of Major Grants truly amazes us and we are so proud to invest in these initiatives,” said Jane Kurek, Executive Director, The Provident Bank Foundation. “The Foundation looks forward to further developing such collaborative partnerships which will give way to happier, healthier and safer communities.”

bergenPAC was awarded $20,000 to support its Voices in Harmony special needs program at The Felician School, Children’s Therapy Center, Banyan School, Deron School of NJ’s Montclair Campus, Chapel Hill Academy, and ECLC of New Jersey’s Chatham Campus. Voices in Harmony is designed to instruct students with special needs in the performing arts. The students then come together on the main stage in bergenPAC for a special performance in front of their families and friends.

“Voices in Harmony fulfills an integral part of our mission to make the performing arts accessible to everyone in the community,” said Dominic Roncace, bergenPAC President & CEO. “This generous funding from Provident Bank Foundation enables us to further enrich the lives of our current students, and to expand the program to new students, so they all can develop the self-confidence to explore the world through music and dance.”