First County Bank Foundation, Center Stage Dance Studio & Robert N. Rich Family Provide Scholarships for Triple Threat Intensive Students

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First County Bank Foundation, Center Stage Dance Studio & Robert N. Rich Family Provide Scholarships for Triple Threat Intensive Students

Three community organizations provided scholarships for children attending the highly successful Triple Threat Performer Intensive at Stamford's Palace Theatre last week. The program teaches the theatre arts, combining acting, singing and dancing. First County Bank Foundation provided $5,000 for 16 scholarships for area children and Center Stage Dance Studio awarded The Palace $2,050 which provided six scholarships. The Palace awarded three scholarships to children from the Boys & Girls Club of Stamford in Robert N. Rich's name; Bob Rich was a long-time supporter of The Palace.

"We want our arts education programs to be accessible to as many children in the community as possible," said Palace Director of Education, Carol Bryan. "Arts education plays such an important role in cognitive development, and the generosity of First County Bank Foundation and Center Stage Dance Studio provided an opportunity for children who may not have been able to participate without the scholarship."

"Truly, seeing those children and the teachers come together and be able to create a 'triple-threat' performance incorporating singing, dance and theater is quite exciting and remarkable. It is really great to see how passionate and devoted they are to their crafts," said Robert Granata, president and COO of First County Bank. "I enjoyed experiencing first-hand how First County Bank Foundation's grant is used in our community with the scholarship children that were a part of this summer's program at the Palace Theatre. We appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in children's lives by challenging and immersing themselves in the arts."

"Over the course of the last thirty years, it has been a Center Stage Dance Studio tradition to donate a portion of the proceeds from our year-end Recital to a well deserving children's organization," said Center Stage Director, JoAnn LoRusso. "This year it was my pleasure to donate to the Triple Threat Performer Intensive at the Palace Theatre. This outstanding event gives the youth of our community an amazing opportunity to experience the arts in a positive and encouraging learning environment. The program teaches so much more than just acting, singing and dancing. It teaches discipline, respect, and confidence. It teaches teamwork, commitment and accomplishment. Each student will walk away with these valuable lessons...lessons that will remain with them throughout their lives."

Stamford's Palace Theatre provides arts education programs throughout the year. Visit PalaceStamford.org for a full listing of children's programming and upcoming arts education programs, like the Young Choreographers Festival returning in November.

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