Nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, New Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi is still showing support for his hometown. On July 8 (Monday), the rocker announced he would donate $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, which looks to support the recovery and rebuilding efforts of the communities impacted by the storm
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat, who heads the Relief Fund, thanked Bon Jovi in a ceremony that took place in the rocker’s hometown of Sayreville.
“From day one, Jon has been one of the most visible faces for Sandy recovery here in his hometown of Sayreville and throughout the entire state,” Governor Christie said.
Adding, “This incredibly generous donation from Bon Jovi to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will go a long way in the rebuilding process.”
The money Bon Jovi donated will help the Relief Fund’s efforts to assist organizations that are helping with the home repairs and rebuilding projects throughout the state.
Days after the storm hit, Bon Jovi sprung into action touring his hometown to speak with those effected by the storm. He later recruited his fellow bandmates to perform at the 12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden, which helped benefit the Robin Hood Foundation.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to help families in economic despair, has also been working with the federal, state and local government officials to make sure the donations are directed to those in need.
“Natural disasters spare no one,” Bon Jovi said in a statement. “But you can’t imagine the devastation, destruction and despair until Mother Nature takes aim at your hometown. This is bittersweet; it’s heartbreaking to see our fellow New Jerseyans so affected by the ravages of Hurricane Sandy but we’re happy to make this donation and offer real, substantial help to the residents of Sayreville and the nearby, low-lying communities as they rebuild their homes and lives.”
Bon Jovi is getting ready to head back out for another leg of the Because We Can Tour, sans Richie Sambora, who cited “personal issues” for his absence. The rest of the band hits the road again July 12.