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Tuesday
Feb052013

U2's Bono Joins Advisory Board of Hurricane Sandy Relief Organization

Franck Prevel/Getty ImagesU2 singer Bono has become a member of the Honorary Advisory Board for the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.  New Jersey's first lady, Mary Pat Christie, announced on Tuesday that the famed rocker and humanitarian, along with NBC newsman Brian Williams, had joined the nonprofit organization's board.  Celebrities already serving on the charity's advisory board include Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi.

"It's an honor to be asked to support the governor [Chris Christie] and first lady in this ongoing effort," says Bono in a statement.  "New Jersey is always a highlight of any U2 tour.  What's inspiring about the New Jersey relief effort are not the names on the Board, which I'm humbled to serve with, but the volunteers who have rallied all over the state, in fact all over the tri-state area."

Mary Pat Christie launched the relief fund just four days after the devastating hurricane struck the northeastern U.S. this fall.  So far, it has raised more than $32 million dollars to help rebuild the damaged area.

"We are thrilled that Bono and Brian have lent their names to assist New Jersey families in rebuilding their lives and overcoming the most destructive storm in our state's history," says Mrs. Christie, who is the chair of the fund. "The dollars we have raised will support organizations on the front lines of the recovery effort and address the unmet needs of New Jersey communities."

To find out more about the charity, visit SandyNJReliefFund.org.

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