The Hanley Foundation, which works to reduce substance abuse across the state, received a surprise visit from the rock star and Palm Beach homeowner Bon Jovi at its 18th annual Palm Beach Dinner Jan. 19 at the Sailfish Club.
Bon Jovi took photos with the audience and auctioned off a case of his own Hampton Water rosé, featuring a signed bottle and a signed guitar, while one of his band’s most well-known songs, “Livin’ on a Prayer,” blared in the background.
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“Jon came out at the very end of the dinner,” said Emily Nichols, the foundation’s marketing manager. “It was a huge surprise and highlight of the evening.”
The foundation grants scholarships to those who cannot afford rehab and brings substance use disorder programs to elementary, middle and high school students in 32 Florida counties that extend from Broward to Duval.
Its members were thrilled by the amount of support at the event. Aside from the $15,000 the Bon Jovi package brought in, Hanley couldn’t provide a total of the money raised but said it was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bon Jovi, a New Jersey native who turns 61 in March, owns a $43-million oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach. A few days before the dinner, he was featured in a video at Rocco’s Tacos in West Palm Beach.
Maya Washburn is a reporter for The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida network. Reach her at email@example.com Support local journalism: Subscribe today.
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