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Bon Jovi Awarded for Humanitarian Work 12 October 2006
The Associated Press article

Source: The Associated Press /

Jon Bon Jovi was surrounded by a blaze of glory Thursday as he accepted an award for humanitarian outreach in the region. The rock star, who has helped Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes in Philadelphia and Louisiana, received the City of Brotherly Love Award from Mayor John F. Street.

"We are all, in fact, connected," Bon Jovi said. "We can make a difference."

The presentation was made at the National Constitution Center after the Liberty Medal ceremony, which honored former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Bon Jovi closed the event with a performance of his song, "Who Says You Can't Go Home."

When Bon Jovi told Clinton about a new plan to restore homes in one of Philadelphia's most blighted neighborhoods, his pal was all ears.

Clinton "was intrigued enough that he offered his services, and said, `If I can help you in any way, don't hesitate.' And we didn't," Bon Jovi told The Associated Press Thursday.

Clinton stood beside the rocker in Philadelphia on Thursday as he announced his project, called the Phase V Homeownership Project, to renovate 15 decaying homes _ "messes of row homes," Bon Jovi said _ on two blocks on the city's north side.


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