Monthly Archives: June 2017


Thank You for Supporting the JBJ Soul Kitchen Golf Outing

On Monday, June 12th the JBJ Soul Kitchen held its first Mulligans for Meals golf outing at Colts Neck Golf Club. Despite the heat, it turned out to be an enjoyable and exciting day for everyone who participated.  With the support of our sponsors and golfers, we were able to raise a significant amount of money.  This will be used to continue to Soul Kitchen’s mission and feed community patrons. Since the Soul Kitchen is a volunteer-based community restaurant, we rely on donations to offset the cost of meals earned by volunteering patrons.  Without events like these, continuing our mission would not be possible.

We would like to extend a special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support in our outing:

Luncheon Sponsor:  TW Cooper Insurance

Car Sponsor:  Pine Belt of Lakewood

Photographer Sponsor: Patken Photographer

Golf Cart Sponsor:  Tom Lawless

Beverage Cart Sponsor:  Morgan Stanley of Red Bank

Driving Range Sponsor:  TD Bank

Putting Green Sponsors:  Causeway Family of Dealerships, TD Bank, & Vrola Meats

Tee Sponsors: Buff Duncan Associates, Inc., George Wall Ford Lincoln, Pat’s Market, PernaFrederick Commercial Real Estate, Prima Corporation, & WRAT

10th Hole Bend Sponsors: Boynton & Boynton, Gianni’s Pizzeria, Jersey Wholesale Tire, & Windward Deli

Donation Item Sponsors:  AMC Theatres, Carter & Cavero in Red Bank, The Bistro at Red Bank, Callaway, Char, Colts Neck Golf Club, Count Basie Theatre, Devotion Vodka, Earth Pizza, The First Tee of Monmouth & Ocean County, Freshica’s Juice Bar, Gallo’s Wine Cellar, Greek Eats, Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, Jughandle Brewing Company, Kramer Portraits, Lakewood BlueClaws, The Molly Pitcher Inn, The Oyster Point Hotel, Pazzo, PNC Bank Arts Center, Prown’s Windows, Red Rock Bar & Grill, Regal Cinemas, Saker ShopRites, Inc., Stop & Shop, Teak, Top Golf in Edison, USGA, and Wegmans

We would also like to thank the wonderful volunteers from Kohl’s, The First Tee of Monmouth & Ocean County and Soul Kitchen for working hard to ensure everyone had a great time!

On behalf of Jon & Dorothea, the Soul Foundation, and Soul Kitchen staff and volunteers, THANK YOU!  Keep an eye out for information regarding our golf outing in 2018.  We hope to see you soon at the Soul Kitchen for dinner!


Dorothea Bongiovi Honored with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF), America’s gold seal of public service, honored Dorothea Bongiovi with the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefiting the Local Community, for her powerful, positive impact during the foundation’s annual gala in Washington, D.C. The Jefferson Awards Foundation recognized students, companies and individuals for their efforts to make a difference both in their communities and our nation. The gala also honored co-founder of BET Sheila Johnson, Major League Baseball executive and MLB Hall of Fame inductee Joe Torre, former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and Black Lives Matter Founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.

Dorothea was among more than 11 local grassroots heroes honored with national awards who were celebrated for the significant impact they had in their communities. She was nominated by NJ Advance Media for founding the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant that empowers individuals by providing volunteer opportunities in exchange for a dining certificate for themselves and their family, as well as job training.

Recipients of these local Jefferson Awards include winners of this year’s Students in Action program along with honorees selected by JAF’s local media partners and corporate Champion Partners in markets throughout the country.

“America is filled with heroes in local communities who wake up every day and create positive change,” said Hillary Schafer, Executive Director of The Jefferson Awards Foundation. “It is a privilege for The Jefferson Awards Foundation to honor the best of these individuals and in doing so, use the power of storytelling as a multiplier for good.”
About the Jefferson Awards Foundation

The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) powers others to have maximum impact on the things they care about most. They are the largest multiplier of public service in America. Through celebration, they inspire action. With programs and partnerships, they drive Americans to change their communities and the world. They are celebrating 45 years of powering public service. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: or engage with their community on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook.


Jon Bon Jovi Receives NABEF Service to America Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Renowned musician and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi received the 2017 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for his ongoing efforts to combat poverty and homelessness. Mr. Bon Jovi, whose music and public service signify the spirit of America and the principles that define the nation, received the honor at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 20 in Washington, D.C.

The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through extraordinary public service. Considered NABEF’s highest individual honor, the award was presented during the Celebration of Service to America Awards, held Tuesday, June 20 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bon Jovi is the front man of the iconic Grammy Award-winning band Bon Jovi, which has been credited as one of the most successful rock bands in the world. Over three decades, the group has sold more than 130 million albums and performed nearly 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 37.5 million fans.

Mr. Bon Jovi is also chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering positive change and helping the lives of those in need “one soul at a time.” Specifically, the foundation supports programs and partnerships targeted at breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in the United States. To date, the Soul Foundation has provided grants to nonprofit organizations across the nation working to create affordable housing for thousands of low-income individuals and families.

“Jon Bon Jovi has entertained audiences for decades and earned world-wide fame as an artist and performer,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “Despite his fame, Jon has never lost sight of community. His generous support of programs that address hunger and homelessness exemplifies the Leadership Award for which we will honor him.”

In October 2011, the Soul Foundation opened the first JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, New Jersey, which is Mr. Bon Jovi’s home state. The Soul Kitchen addresses the issue of food insecurity and has served almost 60,000 meals. In May 2016, the foundation, along with Fulfill (formerly known as The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) and The Peoples Pantry (INSPIRE NJ) opened The B.E.A.T. Center (Bring Everyone All Together). The community hub allows families and individuals in need to access food, job training and other resources in Ocean County, New Jersey. Also, The B.E.A.T. Center houses the second JBJ Soul Kitchen.

The foundation also aided in local recovery efforts in the days following Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The following year, Bon Jovi donated $1 million to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

This years’ Service to America award winners are listed here.

Additional information about the Celebration of Service to America Awards is available here.

About The Celebration of Service to America Awards
The Celebration of Service to America Awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from the National Association of Broadcasters and presenting sponsors Bonneville International and Hearst Television. In recent years, Sharon Stone; Gary Sinise; Paul Simon; Stevie Wonder; Glenn Close; Jeff Bridges; Quincy Jones; Sir Elton John; Bill Clinton; Laura Bush; Muhammad Ali; Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter; and Nancy Reagan; among others, have been presented with the Celebration of Service to America Leadership Award at the event. Details about the Celebration of Service to America Awards are available at

The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to reinforcing the future of broadcasting through a commitment to education and to advancing excellence in the diversity and community service efforts of our industry. Learn more at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at