Jon Bon Jovi’s Foundation Donates Half a Million Dollars to Build Homes for Homeless Veterans
Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi has, through his non-profit organization, donated $500,000 to help build more than 70 new homes for homeless veterans in Washington, D.C.
Bon Jovi and his rock group have donated half a million dollars through its JBJ Soul Foundation. The project has taken a decade to complete with the help of the non-profit organization, “HELP USA,” which helps fight homelessness in the United States.
In an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” rock star Bon Jovi, 57, spoke about what motivated his foundation to be among those leading the way to help.
In addition to being a great rock musician, Jon Bon Jovi is also the promoter of a social project that is enjoying great success: it is Soul Kitchen: restaurants where anyone can eat even if he can’t afford it, giving in exchange a small Help. Those in need can eat and offer at the restaurant a little of their time.
In essence, these are “community restaurants”, or restaurants where the menu offers dishes without price but with a precise regulation: the customers who can afford it pay, while those in need can eat for free, giving a small contribution to the local.
These people, for example, can dare a hand in the kitchen or in the vegetable gardens, where almost all the ingredients used for the dishes are grown. As reported by the Soul Kitchen website, 64% of the meals served are financed by donations, while the rest is the result of voluntary activity. The restaurant staff, in fact, is not composed of professional waiters or cooks, but rather of activists or wealthy people who have voluntarily decided to participate in the project by making themselves available in person.
A blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre, the wine was made in collaboration with his son Jesse and French winemaker Gérard Bertrand. according to thedrinkbusiness.com
“It’s an incredible honour to be on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2018, let alone ranked as the top rosé. It’s a testament to all of our hard work and I could not be more proud to share our excitement for, and love of, Hampton Water with people all over the world,” the singer said.
The wine takes its name from the lazy summer days Jon and Jessie have enjoyed together in the Hamptons.
According to Bertrand, the US$25 rosé is “fresh and lively with distinctive minerality”.
Bon Jovi wanted to call it “pink juice”, but was persuaded by his son to named it “Hampton water” instead.
Keen to make a wine that encapsulates the laid-back lifestyle of the Hamptons, Jon and Jesse tried rosés from all over the world before settling on southern France as the home for their blend.
“When we visited Gérard we realised that there is an entire coastline in France that is producing some of the best-kept secrets on earth,” said Jesse Bongiovi.
The pair were introduced to Bertrand by a mutual friend and hit it off immediately.
“We found that we shared a love of family, food, friends, great wine and great music,” Bon Jovi said. “Creating this wine with Gérard was just as creative as collaborating with another songwriter. Gérard uses his talents and wine knowledge like a gifted musician,” he added.
In March Bertrand told db that the rosé had been so successful, it had sold out. “We sold the entire 2017 production of Diving into Hampton Water on allocation this year and the plan is to make more next year to satisfy demand. The wine went on sale in 15 countries, including the UK,” he said.