Jon Bon Jovi is a True ROCK STAR! Washing dishes to feed the hungry in his community.

bon jovi washing dishes

The Daily Kos reported this morning on the Soul Kitchen, a restaurant chain created in 2011 by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, in his (and Calley’s) home state of New Jersey.  The Soul Kitchen is specifically geared to serve members of the community who might otherwise not have enough to eat.   Patrons are served regardless of their ability to pay, and treated with dignity and respect.  There are no prices on the menus, and people can pay by donation.  Donations can cover the meals of the person or family, or be greater than that to ‘pay it forward’ for others who need to eat.  Payment can also be made in the form of volunteering in the kitchen, as wait staff, or in the organic gardens, among other options.

So far, there are not only two restaurants, but a one-acre community garden that grows organic produce for both kitchens.  During the coronavirus, Jon has joined others in the kitchen to wash dishes as they continue to serve the hungry.  Usually run on volunteer power (as well as paid help), the restaurant is no longer allowing volunteers to work, but encouraging them to pick up meals and take them home, and then return again the next day for more!  Check out the full article, and rest assured that good is coming to the surface as we all work together to weather this storm.

Bravo Jon Bon Jovi!

About The Rama Exhibition

Calley O’Neill is a highly respected artist, muralist, visionary designer and social ecologist from the Big Island of Hawai‘i. Journalists have described her art, which spans four decades, as ethno-visionary, dynamic, symbolic and breathtaking. Calley finds her expression through classical glaze painting in mixed media works, public murals, stained glass and mosaic. Her landmark Healing Gardens of Makahikilua master plan for North Hawai’i Community Hospital in Kamuela received national recognition among top landscape architects in the field of therapeutic garden design. A great team player, Calley’s input raises the bar and sparks innovation toward healing the Earth and its inhabitants. Journalists have described her as ‘a way-finder’, ‘a life giving force’ and ‘a force of nature.’ Calley is known for exceptional quality draftsmanship, a crystalline mastery of glaze painting, stimulating diversity, relentless experimentation, and her love of the Earth and humanity. Her magnum opus is Rama, Ambassador for the Endangered Ones, and she continually works on the exhibition paintings in her Waimea studio and her plein air pop-up studio and tree gallery at the Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, where she is the Artist in Residence. Her paintings are both visual prayers and wake-up calls. Calley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, summa cum laude from Pratt Institute, New York (1974) and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont (1977).
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