Lady Gaga made a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross today in order to help victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York.
Gaga, a native of New York, wrote on her website:
“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”
Lady Gaga’s $1 million donation is just the latest charitable act from a high-profile celebrity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. NBC recently raised $23 million during a benefit concert that featured musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera and Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Handler donated $100,000 to the relief effort. Several celebrities have also used their status to ask for donations to the Red Cross.
CNN reports that companies like JPMorgan Chase, Walt Disney and Mercedes-Benz USA have also donated $1 million or more to relief efforts along the east coast.
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