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Lady Gaga donates $1M to Red Cross

11:52 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY 

Hometown girl Lady Gaga is giving up a huge chunk of her change to help victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The flamboyant pop star is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to help the New York City and New Jersey areas rebuild after last week's extreme weather that left a path of death and destruction in its wake.

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, announced the gift on her website Wednesday, with a special message to her hometown:

Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas

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