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Bon Jovi gives $1M to NJ Superstorm Sandy relief

Jon Bon Jovi went home Monday to present a $1 million check from his band to a fund to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The rocker joined Gov. Chris Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie to announce the donation during a ceremony where the native son rocker got bigger cheers than the popular governor.

“My being here is not political,” Bon Jovi said during a news conference in front of the borough hall in the central New Jersey town. “It’s emotional.”

Bon Jovi, who has long had philanthropic interests, has been highly visible in his home state since the storm hit.

Days after the October 2012 storm, he visited washed out Sayreville, a flood-prone blue-collar community along the Raritan River. It was the town’s third devastating flood in three years.

Oprah Winfrey giving $12M to new African-American museum

Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to a museum being built on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall that will document African-American life.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture announced the gift Tuesday and said the museum’s 350-seat theater will be named after Winfrey. Winfrey previously gave the museum $1 million, and the museum says her $13 million total contribution is the museum’s largest to date.

Bryan Singer donates $5 million to USC School of Cinematic Arts

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters may not be accepting any new students — but soon, aspiring critics will have the option of learning their trade at USC’s Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies. The X-Men director has donated $5 million to the southern California university’s School of Cinematic Arts; in return, the school announced today that it will named one of its six divisions in his honor.

Singer, a USC graduate, credits the university with stoking his interest in the entertainment industry. “In a way, I began my career in the Division of Critical Studies at USC,” the director said in statement. “Watching great films and learning how to think about film from the faculty transformed me as an artist and as a person. I am honored to give back to the division and the school, which gave me so much.”

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David Geffen gives $100 million to create UCLA scholarship fund

Record exec, producer, and philanthropist David Geffen has established a $100 million scholarship fund for UCLA’s medical school, which has born his name since he donated $200 million to the school in 2002. The new scholarship fund will cover the entire cost of education — including tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses — for up to 33 of “the very best medical students attending the David Geffen School of Medicine,” according to a press release.

“The cost of a world-class medical education should not deter our future innovators, doctors and scientists from the path they hope to pursue,” Geffen said in a statement. “We need the students at this world-class institution to be driven by determination and the desire to do their best work and not by the fear of crushing debt. I hope in doing this that others will be inspired to do the same.”

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