“The ‘Power Of Music’ is so great that it can move people to new ways of thinking. We wish to reach the souls of people through music. The artists are the ones to reach them and open their hearts; we are just the ones to put them all together for a unified purpose of love, peace and kind works of charity.”
Wow! What an amazing quote! I bet you’re wondering who said that, right?
Was it John Lennon? Bono? Mother Teresa??
Naaaah, it was none other than Diane Eleftheriades, President of the nonprofit organization Bridges of Peace a local charity.. oh yeah, and did I mention that this amazing lady is also my sister? C’mon now don’t be too surprised.. the apple didn’t fall that far from the tree you know.. I’m charitable! I’m even on the Board of Directors. Our mission is to raise awareness for peace and love through music and the arts; and to help children whose lives are affected by war & poverty.
So I bet you’re wondering just how Jon Bon Jovi factors into all of this.. Well…
Jon Bon Jovi and his Backstage with JBJ fan club sponsored a Bridges of Peace – “Help a Child through a Soldier” Drive at his private fanclub concert which was held at the Starland Ballroom in his hometown of Sayreville, NJ.
Ok Wanted Dead or Alive.. finally Jon is smiling at me! Well, um he wasn’t actually smiling at me as he was with me or just sorta in my direction. But look at those pearly whites! ok ok I know it was just for a hot minute um er a few seconds before I lost focus.. Well.. he is a Humanitarian so give me a break ok! It was a long productive day..
Ahh family.. the life’s blood. Pictured above are me & my 2 amazing sisters (Diane & Marianne) along with Matt Bongiovi (Jon’s amazing brother) without whom of which all of this would not be possible. He is super sweet and smart for recognizing the importance of Diane’s vision and giving us the opportunity to fulfill it the way it was meant to be. hmm it seems awesomeness runs in families!
Thanks to the generous support of Jon Bon Jovi, Matt Bongiovi and the fan club, the drive (& Toni’s Night Out ;-)) was a huge success. Fans gave thousands of items, filling an entire U-Haul truck with soccer balls, toys, sports equipment, art and school supplies, and other children’s goods. The drive had Bridges of Peace volunteers packing about 60 giant boxes for several days for shipment to children in Iraq.
If the world is ever going to be changed, it will be through the efforts of millions of individuals and small organizations such as the work of the Sayreville women with Bridges of Peace. – Pete Seeger
I hope you enjoyed my very special night out! I also hope that this inspires you to follow your dreams and make them happen!
Visit bridgepeace.org to learn how you can get involved!
Until next time. xo Toni