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Jon Bon Jovi Donates $1 million to Sandy Relief Fund
By: Gary Graff

The ever-charitable Jon Bon Jovi took the streets of his home town of Sayreville, N.J., on Monday (July 8) to donate a cool $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which is chaired by state First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

Making the presentation, Bon Jovi said that, "My being here is not political. It's emotional because I grew up here. I know that this million dollars sounds like a lot, but it is really just a drop in the bucket and I know there are people still suffering. But what I like to call the power of we coming together -- that means you, me, us -- we are taking a step today to rebuild lives."

This is just the latest in a series of charitable efforts for Bon Jovi, who established the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation in 2006 along with the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Philadelphia.

Bon Jovi is also a Founding Ambassador for Habitat For Humanity and is part of the White House Council for Community Solutions. He tells us that this kind of work was hardly on his mind when he started playing music, but it's just as rewarding as any of his accomplishments in that field:

"I don't live the cliche rock star lifestyle. I never was interested in it...You can say, 'Oh, yeah, well, you're disconnected. You're a big, famous rock star with lots of money.' I understand. But a good portion of my time is spent at the Foundation and the Soul Kitchen and what we do. So you're very aware of the struggles of your community. You're very aware of the people in your own family who have a tough time making ends meet. It's not as if I live in some gilded cage somewhere and turn off the news."

The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund has so far raised $38 million in donations. Bon Jovi, meanwhile, returns to the road on July 12 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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