Bon Jovi Raises $1 Million for Kerry

Another one of our all-time favorites moves into the "hero" category tonight. Jon Bon Jovi held a fundraiser at his home and raised a cool $1 million for John Kerry:

Kerry arrived via helicopter from Atlantic City, where he was staying the night and speaking to an AFL-CIO convention Tuesday morning. ``I know it makes a lot of you nervous,'' Kerry told the guests, ``the idea of my coming here to a fund-raiser, leaving at 8:30 with a million dollars and then 11 o'clock I'm on the news at the blackjack table in Atlantic City. I promise I will not gamble with your money the way George Bush has gambled with the money of this country.''

As to Bon Jovi, here's what he had to say:

Musician Jon Bon Jovi says criticism and intimidation won't stop him from speaking out in support of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who raised $1 million at the singer's home Monday night. ``I've received hate mail at my house. I've had people drive by my home and shout things out,'' Bon Jovi told guests gathered outside his home along the Navesink River. ``And I think that they question my patriotism because I decided to stand up and have a voice. And I stood up to have a voice because I think that's the most American thing that you can do.''

The guest list?

More than 300 people attended the fund-raiser, including actors Meg Ryan, James Gandolfini and Steve Buscemi, both of HBO's ``The Sopranos,'' and Richard Belzer of NBC's ``Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.''

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