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Hundreds turn out as Bon Jovi receives Marian Anderson Award

Hundreds feted New Jersey-born rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi at a Kimmel Center gala Tuesday night, where he accepted the Marian Anderson Award for his music and charity work.

The award is given to entertainers who have "contributed to our society in a singular manner," event organizers said. They highlighted Bon Jovi's music and commitment to charity, including his work with programs in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Bon Jovi to receive humanitarian award

Jon Bon Jovi wrote "Runaway," the song that launched his rock-star career, in 1980 as he rode a bus in Manhattan past homeless young runaways near Covenant House, the national organization that aids unmoored youth.

"It could have been me," Bon Jovi told an audience at a fund-raiser for Covenant House Pennsylvania more than 30 years later. "But something else saved me. It was that song."


It was the day after Christmas 2012, and Robert Long was out of options.

The New Jersey native had seen his share of misery. From a childhood he describes as tough, to an adulthood marred by depression, substance abuse and divorce, he'd experienced more than enough to land him on Philadelphia's streets.

Still, for Long, a soft-spoken man with an affable manner and eyes that have witnessed too much, homelessness was beyond the pale.

Meg Saligman Murals for Project HOME

Meg Saligman, a Philly-based, award-winning mural artist, created the beautiful pieces you see in the slideshow above and installed them in select spaces in JBJ Soul Homes. The following descriptions are from her website:

Three works drawn from the elements – fire, water and earth –  have been integrated into the mixed use Project HOME building called the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Homes. 

Project HOME Wins Award from Urban Land Institute

On June 18, Project HOME accepted the inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Award for Excellence from the  Urban Land Institute Philadelphia for the design of JBJ Soul Homes.

JBJ Soul Homes was one of nine projects selected for its "strong integration of community mission, living space and supportive amenities, and how the [design] team maximized a challenging site." 

The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation board chairman spoke at the April 22 grand opening ceremony for JBJ Soul Homes, the new 55-unit residence his foundation helped make a reality. 


Among the celebrants that joined Project HOME on Tuesday, April 22 to witness the grand opening of JBJ Soul Homes was new youth resident Cheryl Ann Davis.

Cheryl Ann is one of  several young people aging out of foster care and taking up residence at JBJ Soul Homes, and her thoughtful, beautiful remarks brought tears to the eyes of many at Tuesday's grand opening. 

JBJ Soul Homes Grand Opening

Project HOME announced today the grand opening of JBJ Soul Homes, a four-story mixed-use development that includes retail, offices and 55 apartment units for formerly homeless and low-income people. With remarks by Jon Bon Jovi, public officials and community partners, the opening will serve as the first part of Project HOME’s 25th Anniversary. 

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