Thursday, December 16, 2010

Presidential Appointment

The White House released a statement yesterday that has everyone just busting with pride over "our" Jon Bon Jovi:

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Council for Community Solutions. The Council will provide advice to the President on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.

President Obama said, “These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation. I commend them for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and I am confident that they will serve the American people well in their new roles on the White House Council for Community Solutions. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

In addition to providing advice to the President on solving specific community needs, the White House Council for Community Solutions has been tasked with three key functions: enlisting leaders in the non-profit, private, and philanthropic sectors to make progress on key policy goals; providing strategic input and recommendations to help the federal government promote greater innovation and cross-sector collaboration; and honoring and highlighting those making a significant impact in their own communities. The Council will be composed of leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations who are committed to social innovation and civic engagement.

The press release also offers this brief thumbnail of Jon:

Jon Bon Jovi, Appointee for Member, White House Council for Community Solutions
Jon Bon Jovi currently serves as Chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the lives of those in need. The Soul Foundation launches programs and partnerships with the intent to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the United States. To date, Mr. Bon Jovi and the Soul Foundation have provided affordable housing to hundreds of low-income individuals and families. Mr. Bon Jovi is also the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning group Bon Jovi, which has sold more than 120 million albums and performed more than 2,600 concerts for more than 34 million fans.

This puts a finer point on what he's going to be doing when the band "takes a break to recharge" after this tour wraps up.

Congratulations, Jon!

~ Hath

1 comments:

Johanne December 16, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

This is very good news. Hopefully, this nomination will not keep him from signing again and doing shows. Not good enough for the RRHOF, but influential enough to be appointed by Mr. President!!! I'm not American, but I new that Obama was the most intelligent and sensitive one! Congratulations Mr. Biongiovi.


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