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Gaga, Rihanna and Bieber all donate to Sandy Relief

As the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continued to be felt throughout the Tri State area and a fresh wave of tempestuous mayhem tore through the fractured landscape on Wednesday, the entertainment industry is pulling together to use its star power and influence to raise money for the afflicted.

Perhaps the most generous helping hand was offered by New York City native Lady Gaga, who pledged 1 million dollars to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts. Gaga took to LittleMonsters.com to make an emotional statement, saying, “If it wasn't for NYC: the Lower East Side, 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. Thank you for helping me build my spirit." She then flew to Rio de Janiero to highlight the poverty in the favelas with a game of football with the impoverished childen.

Teenage heartthrob Justin Bieber also took the up the reins, promising that the proceeds from his upcoming shows at Madison Square Garden, New Jersey and Brooklyn would also go toward the emergency funds for the devastated area.

Rihanna stepped up to give 100,000 dollars to the Food Bank for New York City, and rejigged the door policy for her album listening party at Jay Z’s 40/40 club. No longer will cutting edge couture glam be enough – anyone hoping to be a part of the event will have to come laden with donated supplies. Hopefully with that level of publicity, people attending will be battling to outdo each other with generosity rather than fashion conscious cool.

In the wake of the hugely successful telethon we reported on last week, it seems that more and more famous faces are using their spheres of influence to really give something back to their communities and help New York and New Jersey recover from Sandy. With critical services still out in the worst affected areas, every penny is vital.

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