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BON JOVI TO ROCK OUT FOR PARKER CLINIC

bon-joviMiddletown property owner Jon Bon Jovi has scheduled an “intimate,” $250-a-seat concert next month to raise money for Red Bank’s Parker Family Medical Center.

News of the benefit appeared yesterday on the website of the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, the venue that will host the January 27 show.

The venue’s website says the tickets go on sale today at 10a, but the tour page at Bon Jovi’s website says the show is sold out.

Bon Jovi, who owns a riverfront mansion on Navesink River Road in Middletown but calls New York City home now, is a longtime supporter of the 10-year-old clinic, which offers cut-rate and free medical care to the needy.

Clinic co-founder and board president Dr. Eugene Cheslock tells redbankgreen that the Parker is seeing a rising number of patients as the recession continues, putting a greater squeeze on finances.

“Like all not-for-profits, we’re going through a tough time,” he said. “Quite frankly, we approached the Bon Jovis [Jon and his wife, Dorothea] and asked if they could help, and they jumped right in, as they are prone to do.”

From the Starland Ballroom announcement:

The Starland Ballroom proudly presents JON BON JOVI & FRIENDS on January 27, 2011, in an intimate, rockin’ performance to benefit The Parker Family Health Center in Red Bank!

Tickets, priced at $250, go on sale Thursday at 10am, exclusively through Starlandballroom.com and Ticketmaster.com only. Tickets will not be available at the box office or any retail ticketing locations.

This is a benefit performance for an important community cause. In an effort to thwart scalpers, sales are limited to two tickets per person, and tickets will not be mailed in advance. Patrons will need to show proper ID and the purchasing credit card the night of the show and proceed immediately into the venue.

Net proceeds from this performance will benefit The Parker Family Health Center in Red Bank. The mission of the Parker Family Health Center is to operate a free health care facility where Monmouth County residents who do not have medical insurance or the ability to pay for medical care can be treated. With the support of the medical community and the community at large, the Parker Center will assist those who are making a sincere effort to help themselves and their families realize optimum health.

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