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From the Philadelphia Daily News

Some of the people in this city feeling like they're living on a prayer were given anything but bad medicine when Jon Bon Jovi showed up yesterday.

In town to chair a board meeting with members of his nonprofit, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, the hunky rocker paid a surprise visit to Project HOME's Hub of Hope - a drop-in homeless center in SEPTA's Suburban Station.

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."

Jon Bon Jovi wins 2014 Marian Anderson award

Jon Bon Jovi, the rock-and-roller as well known for his public works as for his music, was announced Wednesday as the 2014 recipient of Philadelphia's Marian Anderson Award.

Bon Jovi, 52, of Middletown, N.J., joins such august company as Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, and last year's winner, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr.

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. 


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