Gaga pitches in $1M for N.Y. Sandy relief

  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 5:01 PM

Lady Gaga is donating $1 million to the Red Cross to aid those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The New York-born singer posted on her blog Wednesday that she is pledging the money on behalf of her parents and sister. She also said she "would not be the woman or artist that I am today" if it weren't for places like the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn. She added that the city is a place full of "relentless ambition."

Superstorm Sandy made landfall more than a week ago, killing many of its more than 100 victims in New York City and New Jersey and leaving millions without power.

Other stars to donate to the cause include Jon Bon Jovi, Briton Sting, Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera, New Jersey native Bruce Springsteen and Long Islander Billy Joel.

A telethon last week raised $23 million for the American Red Cross, adding to about $35 million in donations the organization has already received, said a spokeswoman. Several investment firms and foundations also donated large amounts to the cause, including $1 million from Jefferies Group, an investment banking firm, plus all net trading commissions earned Wednesday.

'Modern Family' star leaves mom

Modern Family star Ariel Winter is leaving her allegedly abusive mom, Crystal Workman, with help from her older sister Shanelle Gray, TMZ reports. In October, Workman was accused of physically and emotionally abusing her 14-year-old daughter. (Gray filed documents petitioning for guardianship of her younger sibling that month.) According to TMZ's report, Gray was also removed from Workman's home as a child, and placed in foster care by the Department of Children and Family Services. Winter plays brainy teen Alex Dunphy on the acclaimed ABC sitcom.

HE'S GOT A FUTURE: Patrick Schwarzenegger, 19, felt inspired after voting for the first time Tuesday and spoke about the milestone with his nearly 67,000 Twitter followers. "Hope y'all go out and vote," the Hudson Jeans model wrote. Patrick, from a family of politicians, later tweeted that he was engaged "in a political debate with my friends about Romney vs. Obama. I might actually have a future in politics now that I think about it."

FLOTUS IN KORS: When Michelle Obama took the stage with her victorious husband Tuesday night in Chicago, she opted to wear Michael Kors. The designer said Wednesday morning that he was "pleased to announce" Mrs. O. wore a "magenta silk chine pintucked dress."

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