County of Monmouth
March 2, 2017

Freeholder Director Burry Appointed to
Count Basie Theatre Board of Trustees

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Count Basie Theatre, the historic arts center in Red Bank.Freeholder Lillian G. Burry

“I was honored to receive the invitation to join the Board of Trustees, and of course excited to accept the offer,” said Mrs. Burry. “The Count Basie Theatre is one of the most vibrant and popular theaters in Monmouth County. My passion for the arts and arts education has always been important to my work as Freeholder, and I look forward to working with the other members of the Board to continue fostering the arts in our community.”

Mrs. Burry, who this year was voted to serve as Freeholder Director, will serve a board term of a little more than a year for the Count Basie Theatre. Previously, Mrs. Burry was selected to receive the first Count Basie Vanguard Award for her lifetime devotion to the Arts.

“Freeholder Director Burry was a natural choice for our Board of Trustees,” said Adam Philipson, President & CEO of the Count Basie Theatre. “I am confident she will bring her wealth of experience and passion for the arts to our Board and keep the Basie thriving.”

In addition to her new Board of Trustees appointment, Mrs. Burry serves as the Vice Chair for the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority and chair of the Authority’s Veterans Affairs Sub-Committee. She was also appointed to the Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee for National Park Service by the Commissioner of the Interior.

The Count Basie Theatre is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to serve the people of the State of New Jersey by providing a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and education programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the region. The Theatre also aims to foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of the performing arts, create opportunity for cultural enrichment for people at all economic levels, and honor the memory of Red Bank native and renowned jazz pianist William James “Count” Basie.

The Theatre regularly hosts many popular musical, comedic and dramatic acts, including orchestral performances, film screenings, children’s programs and theatrical productions staged by the Company of Dance Arts, Phoenix Productions and more. Notable upcoming shows at the Basie include Pat Benatar on March 7, Bob Saget on March 25, Tony Bennett on April 11 and Olivia Newton-John on April 12.

For additional information about Monmouth County and the Board of Chosen Freeholders, visit the County’s website at

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