CGG caught up with Jon Bon Jovi before he headed in to accept his award at the Food Bank for New York City’s Sixth Annual "Can-Do Awards" where he was honored for his work alongside the Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger. The celebs poured onto Abigail Kirsch’s Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers in NYC, strutted down the orange Food Bank carpet, and into the ballroom.
Some surprise guests showed up as well including former White House resident Bill Clinton and the U2 superstar and charity man Bono. They mixed and mingled with other stars including the food fanatics Emeril Lagasse, Rachael Ray, and Mario Batali.
How does it feel to be honored as the head of the hunger cause Jon? The modest rock star admitted that, “aw, it’s humbling and you know it was difficult for me to accept it. Simply because when you are doing something out of the goodness of your heart for as many years as this, we really don’t look for the accolades."
Celebrity Chef Mario Batali was also in attendance and he was the man to get Jon involved with the Food Bank. “He took be to the Bronx and took me to the soup kitchen in Harlem and told me that statistically 300,000 people don’t get a meal tonight,” says Jon, “300,000! This is New York. This is America. This is 2009!! Talk about being un-American. This is not a luxury this is a necessity.”
One food luxury that guest Jimmy Fallon took home that night was a packaged deal called, “Slippery When Fed” which included Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Mario Batali, and David Chang cooking dinner together for a party of 24 in the winner’s house! He won, of course, for a massive $60,000!
You don’t have to have Top Chef friends to throw a killer benefit for charity. You can make one at your school! You can also follow Bon Jovi’s lead and take the initiative to go to a soup kitchen once a week.
What do you think about the Can-Do awards? Do you think Jon’s efforts were properly recognized? What other celebs should get recognized for their work with the hunger cause? Comment below!