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May 10, 2022

Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation to Present ‘Let Them Dream Big Concert’

By Joanne Colella

Over the course of just five years, the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation has placed hundreds of children and young adults in performing arts studios and connected them with arts instructors, directly funding their lessons so they could pursue their ambitions in vocal or instrumental music, dance and acting. On Sunday, May 22 at The Vogel at the Count Basie Center for the Performing Arts in Red Bank, the nonprofit organization will present an afternoon of inspiration and entertainment at the “Let Them Dream Big Concert” to celebrate five years of creativity, kindness and connection through the performing arts. Join in as the children funded through the foundation take the stage and share their talent, along with the acclaimed AOK Performance Group and some special guests. Doors open at 2 pm, with showtime beginning at 3 pm. Tickets are available for $35 and $25, with an eight-ticket limit per mailing address.

Among the special guests will be Layonne Holmes, a popular vocalist who spans multiple genres, has extensive stage and studio experience, and continues to broaden her horizons by working with a variety of talent. She currently leads The Motor City Revue, a 12-piece Motown soul tribute band, and sings backup for Jon Bon Jovi’s solo project, Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia, as well as the Matt O’Ree Band. She is a member of Tim McLoone & The Shirleys and is a volunteer musician with Holiday Express, McLoone’s New Jersey-based nonprofit volunteer organization. Also performing will be EĐĐIE, the talented winner of the Zzak G. AOK Foundation 2021 Step into the Spotlight Soiree & Talent Competition; the exciting duo DOMENICO & Viiq; plus a fabulous ballroom dance performance from Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Marlboro. 

For updates and to order tickets, visit Would you like to make a difference in providing students with access to the performing arts? Become a sponsor or purchase an ad in the event playbill by contacting Jodi Grinwald at