Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his namesake band's international tour to help a high school group raise $36,500 for a local medical clinic. The artist performed 10 songs during his appearance yesterda

Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his namesake band's international tour to help a high school group raise $36,500 for a local medical clinic. The artist performed 10 songs during his appearance yesterday (Dec. 19) at Rumson-Fair Haven High School in Rumson, N.J. The show was benefit performance for the Parker Family Health Center, a Red Bank-based free clinic that counts the singer and his family among its benefactors.

Bon Jovi performed some old hits, a few numbers from his group's new Island album "Bounce," and his version of the Elvis Presley song "That's All Right, Mama." Bon Jovi, who lives in nearby Middletown Township, was backed by a five-piece band that included Bon Jovi keyboardist Dave Bryan and bassist Hugh McDonald.

"We're here to make a difference," Bon Jovi told the crowd that packed into the Monmouth County school's 750-seat auditorium. The $35 tickets for the event, sponsored by the school's Spanish Honor Society, were sold mostly to students, although some parents and faculty also came out.

Eugene Cheslock, the clinic's director, said Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, held a party at their home last year to raise money that was used to buy land for an expanded clinic. The new facility, expected to open next year, will replace the trailer that now houses the clinic.

Bon Jovi said he receives numerous requests to appear at charity shows, so he tries to attend events that will have a broad impact. "Thirty percent of Americans don't have health insurance," the singer said. "There's an astronomical need for places like this."

Bon Jovi's international tour is pausing for the holiday season but will resume Jan. 8 in Sapporo, Japan, the first of seven dates in the country. A North American tour begins Feb. 8 in State College, Pa.


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