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Bon Jovi to receive humanitarian award for fighting poverty

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Updated on June 5, 2017 at 11:34 AM
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Bon Jovi to receive humanitarian award for fighting povertyBon Jovi arrives at Fairleigh Dickinson University 74th commencement on May 16, 2017. The rock star addressed graduates and performed a song for the Class of 2017.

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By Michael Sol Warren

Jon Bon Jovi will be honored by the National Association of Broadcasters Education and receive a 2017 Service to America Leadership Award, the Asbury Park Press reports. He’ll receive the award at the NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards ceremony June 20 in Washington.

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Bon Jovi is being recognized for the work of his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which supports “innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness,” according to the foundation’s website. The work of Bon Jovi and his foundation “signify the spirit of America and the principles that define the nation,” according to the NABEF.

Much of the JBJ Soul Foundation’s work has been focused on New Jersey communities in need. In 2009, the foundation made investments in affordable housing projects in Camden and Newark. The foundation later doubled down on its efforts in Camden by providing financial support to Joseph’s House, a homeless shelter in the city. In 2011 the foundation opened it’s first community kitchen, the JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank.

“Jon Bon Jovi has entertained audiences for decades and earned world-wide fame as an artist and performer,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander in a statement. “Despite his fame, Jon has never lost sight of community. His generous support of programs that address hunger and homelessness exemplifies the Leadership Award for which we will honor him.”

Previous winners of the Service to America Leadership Award include President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon.

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