New Jersey rock star Jon Bon Jovi is scheduled to perform an acoustic concert during a political fundraiser for New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo at a Sagaponack home Sunday night.
Tickets for the fundraiser at the Gibson Lane home of Caryn and Craig Effron range from $5,000 for priority seats to $25,000 at the “Chair” level, according to a copy of an invitation to the event.
The event is billed as an “End of Summer BBQ,” and comes just weeks after Bon Jovi canceled a $650,000 contract to play at the New York State Fair on August 28, according to an article in the Syracuse Post-Standard.
According to the article, two state government sources said they were told the concert was scuttled because of concerns it “could look like an entertainer playing a private show for the governor was being paid at least $650,000 by New York a few days later to perform at the state fair.” The governor’s office denied the allegation.
Mr. Effron was a co-founder of the billion-dollar hedge fund Scoggin Capital Management, LLC., and serves as secretary of The Jewish Museum of New York.
The Effrons purchased their Gibson Lane property for $10.4 million in 2006 and built a 7,195-square-foot home there in 2007, according to property records. Shortly thereafter, they purchased a 1-acre property between the home and Gibson Lane for $6 million and tore down a small ranch home there to extend their front yard.
Area residents were not invited to the fundraiser—expected to be attended by Bill and Hillary Clinton, who have been vacationing in Sagaponack—and concerned that the party would be disruptive.