The Soul fought off the San Jose SaberCats, 59-56, denying the SaberCats a second consecutive championship.
Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity were the special guest of the Philadelphia Soul’s Charitable Foundation. The homeowners met Philadelphia Soul majority owner Jon Bon Jovi, quarterback Tony Graziani and team president Ron Jaworski.
Jon Bon Jovi had a chance to get reacquainted with families who benefited from his donation to Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network Foundation, which helped build 28 Habitat for Humanity homes in Bayou Blue for hurricane affected families.
Paula Buquet, a resident in the Angel’s Place Subdivision, said both she and her family were grateful for the experience and the opportunity to thank the rock star once again. The Angel Network neighborhood was a part of Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity’s “Building Blitz on the Bayou,” the group’s campaign to build homes in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes for hurricane affected families.
“I thank God for the opportunity to tell Jon thank you,” Buquet said. “It’s a gift from God to come to the ArenaBowl with my grandsons.”
In addition, the Soul also provided both jerseys and hats for the families, which were signed by Bon Jovi, Jaworski and Graziani.
“It was a great opportunity for Bayou Area Habitat to thank Bon Jovi personally for the work that he has done with hurricane recovery,” Jarrett L. Hawkins, Resource Development Director said. “All of the homeowners mentioned how thoughtful it was of Jon to invite them to such an important event.”
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