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  • Photos from the 36th Annual Common Wealth Awards

    This past Saturday, April 25th, Jon Bon Jovi was honored for his lifetime accomplishments at the 36th Annual Common Wealth Awards ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware.  The awards recognized individuals who have enriched modern culture through their professional and personal endeavors.

    The 2015 Common Wealth Award recipients were:
    - Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer of Grammy Award-winning rock band and humanitarian, for Public Service;
    - Edward Norton, award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist, for Public Service;
    - Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, for Mass Communications.


    Jon Bon Jovi, Edward Norton, and Jimmy Wales

    Jon Bon Jovi, along with actor and philanthropist Edward Norton and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, were honored, with the 36th Annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service. The awards recognize individuals who have enriched modern culture through their professional and personal endeavors.

    Jon Bon Jovi and Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr.

    Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr. regional president for PNC Bank, Delaware presents the 2015 Common Wealth Award for Public Service to Jon Bon Jovi on Saturday, April 25th at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, DE.

    Jon Bon Jovi with essay winner Francesca Marinaro

    Jon Bon Jovi with essay winner Francesca Marinaro, an 11th grade student at Padua Academy.

    Jon Bon Jovi

    Jon Bon Jovi

    Jon Bon Jovi

    Learn more about the awards:  http://bit.ly/jbjaward

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  • The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ), and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation join forces to form The B.E.A.T. Center

    With initial philanthropic support from The David Tepper Charitable Foundation, The B.E.A.T. Center will provide assistance and support services aimed to end hunger in Ocean County; also house FoodBank satellite location, permanent home of The Peoples Pantry and second location of JBJ Soul Kitchen.

    TOMS RIVER, NJ (April 14, 2015) – The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties -www.foodbankmoc.org, The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ) - www.thepeoplespantry.org), and Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation - www.jbjsf.org announced today the formation of The B.E.A.T. Center (Bringing Everyone All Together), a community hub where families and individuals in need can access food, job training and other resources that aim to end the cyclical cause of hunger in Ocean County, NJ.

    Located in the Silverton section of Toms River, NJ and accessible by public transportation, The B.E.A.T. Center will serve as a “one-stop shop” catering to the urgent needs of the community by connecting residents to resources such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program also known as food stamps), affordable healthcare and tax preparation services, as well as access to a community food pantry, meals for at-risk children and seniors, and culinary training program.

    “As food lines grow longer across our 133 programs in Ocean County and 1 in 10 of our neighbors struggle with hunger, we continue to build collaborative partnerships to expand our food distribution while also providing services for families that help shorten the line. Bringing our complementary programs and services under one roof at The B.E.A.T. Center will leverage our strengths and change lives in Ocean County,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, Executive Director of the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

    The B.E.A.T. Center will also house the second location of JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant wherediners can pay for their meal by making a minimum suggested donation of $10 each or volunteering. One hour earns volunteers a dining certificate for them and up to four family members.

    “The B.E.A.T. Center is a unique model and today’s announcement is the beginning of something great. At the Soul Kitchen, we see each week how food brings families, and communities, together. So we were excited for the JBJ Soul Foundation to join with the FoodBank and The Peoples Pantry to offer several services under one roof - it helps make our diners’ lives a little easier. One meal at a time, we hope to make a sustainable impact on hunger in Ocean County,” said Jon Bon Jovi, chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

    Ocean County is New Jersey’s fastest growing county and was “ground zero” for Hurricane Sandy. According to FEMA, over 40,000 structures in the county were damaged or destroyed in the storm - 55% of the state’s total. The creation of The B.E.A.T. Center is in response to the reality that today, more than two years after the storm, there are still thousands of families that are still struggling to regain housing, financial stability and to overcome food insecurity - and they are turning to local agencies in record numbers for assistance. The impact of this collaboration is projected to provide $5 million in support to families in need in its first year.

    “Of all of the lessons learned from Sandy, the most jarring one was how financially stretched our middle class neighbors are. This collaboration will allow us to continue our work and provide the services that are so desperately needed and deserved by this underserved demographic,” said Patricia Donaghue, Executive Director of The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ).

    One of The B.E.A.T. Center’s goals is to also establish a strong, visible presence in Ocean County that will raise hunger awareness, attract volunteers and advocates, and encourage food donations and financial support. The B.E.A.T. Center is being launched with initial philanthropic support from The David Tepper Foundation.

    “We are excited to contribute to the launch The B.E.A.T. Center,” said David Tepper, founder of The David Tepper Foundation. “This is a unique partnership and a fresh approach to meeting the needs of communities that were hard hit by disasters like Superstorm Sandy and where families are still struggling to recover. We believe that The B.E.A.T. Center can become a model to help families attain food security and financial stability.”

    “It is with great honor that we welcome the B.E.A.T. Center to Ocean County. This endeavor has been two years in the making and is needed more now than ever. It has been a privilege for my office and myself to be a part of it,” said Thomas F. Kelaher, mayor of Toms River, NJ.

    The B.E.A.T. Center grand opening will take place later this year. For more information and to learn how to help, please visit www.thebeatcenter.org.

    The B.E.A.T. Center
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  • Runaway with Jon Bon Jovi to The Bahamas!

    UPDATE 4/9/15 RUNAWAY TOURS BAHAMAS IS NOW SOLD OUT! Runaway Tours is heading to the Bahamas Friday May 22nd - Monday May 25th

    This trip includes a photo op with Jon Bon Jovi (grouped by room), exclusive access to an intimate, acoustic show with Jon Bon Jovi, our famous welcome party with cocktails & appetizers, three nights, four days of accommodations at the brand new Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas, access to the after show party with cocktails & appetizers, and much more.

    Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, visit RunawayTours.com for all of the details and to book your package today!

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  • Jon Bon Jovi honored with lifetime philanthropy award

    2015 Recipients to be honored April 25 for Lasting Contributions to Modern Culture

    Three renowned achievers will be honored for their lifetime accomplishments with the 36th Annual Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service. The awards recognize individuals who have enriched modern culture through their professional and personal endeavors.

    The 2015 Common Wealth Award recipients are:
    - Jon Bon Jovi, lead singer of Grammy Award-winning rock band and humanitarian, for Public Service;
    - Edward Norton, award-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist, for Public Service;
    - Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, for Mass Communications.

    The honorees will be recognized at the Common Wealth Awards ceremony hosted by The PNC Financial Services Group on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

    The Common Wealth Awards of Distinguished Service were first presented in 1979 by The Common Wealth Trust which was created under the will of Ralph Hayes, an influential business executive and philanthropist. The awards are now made by The Ralph Hayes Common Wealth Foundation, which is funded by the Common Wealth Trust. PNC Bank, National Association, serves as trustee of the Common Wealth Trust and administrator of the Ralph Hayes Common Wealth Foundation.

    “The 2015 Common Wealth Award honorees are distinguished achievers in their respective fields who share a broader commitment to global social responsibility,” said Nicholas M. Marsini, Jr. regional president for PNC Bank, Delaware. “We applaud these individuals for their numerous accomplishments and we look forward to their future contributions to society.”

    For three and half decades, the Common Wealth Awards have recognized heads of state, scientists and inventors, explorers, authors, performing artists and activists. Past winners include 11 Nobel laureates, among them, human rights leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu, statesman Henry Kissinger and authors Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison. Other notable recipients include former Secretary of State Colin Powell; Hollywood icons Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep; astronauts John Glenn and Buzz Aldrin; primatologist Jane Goodall; ocean explorer Robert Ballard; and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

    Since 2000, PNC has sponsored the annual Common Wealth Awards writing contest for Delaware high school students who are inspired by the honorees. Students are asked to explain which Common Wealth Awards honoree they most want to meet and why. A winning essay is selected for each honoree. In recognition of their achievement, the students and their parents/guardian are invited to attend the Common Wealth Awards Ceremony and a pre-event reception. To date, 52 student winners representing various Delaware high schools have met the high achievers honored by the Common Wealth Awards.


    Jon Bon Jovi

    Musically and philanthropically, Jon Bon Jovi’s work honors the spirit of America and salutes the principles that define our nation. Self-reliance, optimism and community are key concepts he embodies, not just in his music, but also in his charitable efforts. These common threads have resulted in millions of dollars raised while bringing heightened awareness to the issues that adversely impact our society.

    Mr. Bon Jovi is Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one SOUL at a time.” The Soul Foundation focuses on finding solutions to the issues that force families and individuals into economic despair with programs and partnerships targeted at breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. To date, Jon Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided funding for affordable housing and shelter for thousands of low-income individuals and families throughout the country.

    The projects funded by the Soul Foundation address the issues of food and shelter for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Facilities and projects which have benefited range from temporary shelters, transitional housing for teens, permanent supportive housing including housing for vets and special needs populations, as well as home ownership opportunities. In October 2011, the Foundation expanded by opening the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ to address issues of food insecurity, and has since served more than 34,000 meals. The community kitchen serves nutritious, culinary dishes in a restaurant atmosphere where diners contribute either volunteer hours or a minimum donation for their meals. Staying true to Bon Jovi’s roots, the Foundation also aided in local recovery efforts and helped those in need in the days following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The following year, he reaffirmed the band’s ongoing commitment to the people of their home state by donating $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

    As the Foundation continues to expand, the goal is to assist with rebuilding pride in one’s self and one’s community – one SOUL at a time.

    Musically, the Grammy Award winning rock band Bon Jovi has set the bar for over three decades as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Globally, they have sold more than 130 million albums, performed more than 2,900 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans. Throughout the years, the band has consistently delivered #1 albums and Top Ten hits - most recently, Mr. Bon Jovi’s 14th album, WHAT ABOUT NOW, debuted at #1 around the globe while the accompanying Tour closed out 2013 as the #1 tour in the world.

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