I have a friend who should be named queen of the Jon Bon Jovi fan club. She has attended over 25 Bon Jovi concerts over the past two decades. (Nope, I am not kidding.) She even wishes Jon a Happy Birthday each year on Facebook – just in case he might respond. While I am not an obsessed fan like her, here is what I like most about Jon Bon Jovi. In between albums and tours, he fills his time by giving back, and he has never forgotten where he came from.
His charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is funding a community restaurant in Red Bank, New Jersey named Soul Kitchen. Soul Kitchen is not your typical restaurant. There are no prices on the menu. If you have the $10 suggested payment, then you can leave it at the end of your meal. If not, you can volunteer time with the foundation or another charity to pay for the meal.
Not only will this new community restaurant provide tasty and nutritious meals, Soul Kitchen gives families in need the dignity of being able to dine out together in a friendly and comfortable environment. You can find out more about Soul Kitchen at http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation aims to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. The organization’s goal is to offer assistance in establishing programs that provide food and affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs. To learn more about the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, go to: http://www.jonbonjovisoulfoundation.org/.
Kudos to Jon Bon Jovi, his foundation and to Soul Kitchen for their incredible effort to build community and give back. My friend sure did pick a great role model to obsess over.
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