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Crown Jewels 10/23

Crown Jewels 10/23
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Image: Hugh JackmanNormally in this column, I would include the good and the bad However, I have decided to end the Mace Spray portion because quite frankly, there is way too much positive news to harp on the negative news we encounter every day. Bon Jovi and Hugh Jackman are a definition of that sentiment.

A couple of weeks ago, a lucky gal’s dream was made true by Jon Bon Jovi. The lead singer of his band Bon Jovi surprised the fan with a gift of a lifetime when the rocker walked her down the aisle on her wedding day. Australian native Branda Delic got married in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 15th, the same day Bon Jovi was scheduled to play a concert in the city.

Months before her big day, Delic placed a newspaper and started a Facebook campaign to get the front man’s attention. Needless to say, it worked like a charm. He surprised her in a limo and walked with Delic inside the Graceland Wedding Chapel for an unofficial ceremony and was partially filmed on camera.

This is quite a grand story and I’m sure Mrs. Delic will remember that moment for the rest of her life. Bon Joviseems like a great guy. I’ve always been a Bon Jovi fan and this story makes me even more so. Congratulations to the happy couple with endless bliss and kudos to Bon Jovi for taking a few minutes out of his day that will surely last with her for many years.

Not to be outdone in the good deed department, Hugh Jackman asked for his fans’ help and they delivered for him big time. The Hollywood actor is never too busy to help a cause for charity. That’s why Jackman raised over $1.8 million for his performance in a stage musical at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater for the “One Night Only” benefit concert. It took place on Oct. 14 in the venue formerly known as the “Kodak.”

Jackman admitted that he wanted to put together a gala to raise money for the fund’s “amazing work helping entertainment industry colleagues in need, and the simple concept of taking care of our own.” Jackman also said that films, television and theatre have brought him great success throughout his career and it is one of his greatest pleasures to give back by putting on a show as a benefit to support the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). The event was organized by Jackman, 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopolus and his wife Ann to benefit the fund.

The MPTF was created to provide financial support for struggling entertainment industry professionals. Now, thanks to Jackman, they have taken a great leap of faith in their line of work. He had fun with the crowd as well. The actor sang Broadway standards and songs from classic Hollywood films, including “Singin’ in the Rain”. He also performed a tribute to his native Australia. He even danced a bit and told stories to the crowd. What a great way to celebrate your 45 birthday, Mr. Jackman.

A great story from a great for a great cause, that’s what everyone likes to hear. Perhaps I’m inspired to check out even more of Jackman’s films simply because of the kind of genuine human being he is. I value and appreciate that to the highest degree. Where there are so many negative headlines to choose from on a consistent basis, Jackman tallies one in the positive column and I appreciate that.

By Brian Jerry

Sports Editor

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