Bon Jovi has worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Project Home, The Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation and other groups.Bon Jovi has been named the first Founding Ambassador of the Habitat for Humanity Ambassador Program as part of the international-nonprofit organization’s new advocacy outreach initiative.
Bon Jovi has been raising awareness with Habitat for Humanity since 2005 when he provided the funds to build six homes in Philadelphia and built the homes alongside the homeowner families, as well as with members of his Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team. The construction site also served as the video shoot location for his band’s single, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”. In 2006, Bon Jovi made a $1 million donation to build 28 Habitat homes in Louisiana in partnership with low-income families on the hurricane-stricken coast. In July, 2007, Bon Jovi announced a project that will rehabilitate a block of 15 homes in north Philadelphia. During an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005, the band donated $1 million to the Angel Network foundation.
During a stop in Los Angeles on the New Jersey tour in 1989, Bon Jovi secretly took a trip to Las Vegas, where he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea Rose Hurley (*September 29, 1962) on April 29, 1989 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dorothea is a Karate instructor. Together they have four children: Stephanie Rose (b. 31 May 1993), Jesse James Louis (b. 19 February 1995), Jacob Hurley (b. 7 May 2002) and Romeo Jon (b. 29 March 2004). Bon Jovi maintains a strong family foundation to this day. Jon Bon Jovi and his family reside in Manhattan and Middletown, New Jersey. The grounds of their Middletown residence include a building Jon Bon Jovi has converted into a British style pub. He has named it the ‘Shoe Inn’, stating he has hung a horse shoe in it as he feels he has been blessed, and considers himself ‘one of the luckiest men in the world’. In 2001, he received an honorary degree at the Monmouth University graduation ceremony at which he also gave the commencement address. In 2001 Jon also addressed the Oxford Union in England. In 2004, he became founder and primary owner of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League with fellow band member Richie Sambora.
Bon Jovi appeared in several television commercials for the league, typically with John Elway, Hall of Fame quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Bon Jovi has been a New York Giants fan his entire life, and also has a long-standing friendship with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, demonstrated by Belichick often playing Bon Jovi music at Patriots practices.Raised a Roman Catholic, Bon Jovi has expressed his belief in God, stating in a 1993 interview in Philadelphia that he “believes in an omnipresent God who is ‘right here’ (pointing to the room around him)”. In 1995 he discussed writing the These Days record and how blessed he’d been using the phrase “God willing, or I should say God, thank you.
Bon Jovi was born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of two former Marines, hairdresser John Francis Bongiovi, Sr. and one-time Playboy bunny Carol Sharkey.He has two brothers, Anthony and Matthew. He is Italian-American.He also spent summers in Erie, Pa. with his grandparents, as he said when he came to a sold-out (over 15,000) Veterans Stadium in 1988. As a child Bon Jovi attended St. Joseph High School, in Metuchen, New Jersey during his freshman and sophomore years.He later transferred to Sayreville War Memorial High School in Parlin, New Jersey.
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