PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A GoFundMe page to restore Ben Franklin’s cracked gravestone in Old City reached its goal in one day, thanks to some celebrity help.
Christ Church Burial Ground coordinator John Hopkins says the effort had raised about $5,000, when a representative of rocker Jon Bon Jovi called.
“It was kind of funny. I joked when we received that we were ‘halfway there, living on a prayer,’ and then he kind of put us over the top.”
With a $5,000 donation.
Hopkins says the Philadelphia Eagles kicked in $1,000, and the University of Pennsylvania donated as well.
He says restoration work should begin in early 2017, and surplus money raised will go toward the grave’s continued maintenance.