According to Thom Smith of The Palm Beach Post, BON JOVI drummer Tico Torres' fund-raising dinner and golf and tennis outing, The Classic, held two Sundays ago in Delray, Florida, raised more than $250,000 for The Childrens Place at Home Safe.

"The golf at Boca Lago Country Club attracted the likes of football greats Lawrence Taylor and Jim McMahon," Smith writes. "Sports stars also packed the dinner at the Delray Beach Marriott, but the theme was definitely rock 'n' roll, with Torres summoning several special friends: Van Zandt, golf nut Alice Cooper, Boca boy and IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and [bass] guitarist Bobby Dall from POISON.

"Seizing the opportunity, organizers proposed a deal: If the audience could raise $20,000, the rockers would jam. The money was easy. The musicians needed a little time to organize before ripping an enthusiastic if not totally artistic 'Gloria'."

"I'm very, very happy to be here to support Home Safe," Van Zandt said. "We in the arts do what we can do, but it's still the people on the front lines who really get the job done, and I want to applaud them. They're amazing."


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