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Lady Gaga donates $ 1 Million To Red Cross

Born and raised in New York, Lady Gaga, has been busy on tour but that's not stopping her from giving back to her beloved NYC. With that said, she has announced a donation of $1 million to Red Cross to give back to her community that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Over the weekend, Mother Monster took to her Twitter to express her concerns and posted the official announcement today on LittleMonsters.com writing:

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Drink & Dine for Sandy Relief

Restaurants all over the city are raising funds for the Red Cross and various other Sandy relief efforts. Several are donating a portion of their proceeds while others are acting as hubs for collecting canned goods, cleaning supplies and even clothing. Here are a few spots to grab a bite that will surely do some good for those devastated by last weeks storm:

Tonight, Monday, November 5th, Anejo’s Chef Angelo Sosa alongside Jen Carroll, Kevin Sbraga and Dale Talde will prepare a meal at Anejo Tequileria in Hell’s Kitchen to help raise money for the Red Cross. The dinner will include four-courses (one from each chef) with cocktail pairings by Beverage Director, Joshua Wortman per course.

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Bartenders Give Back

Since April 2011, a small group of individuals who work as bartenders in New York City, have been participating in the charitable initiative known as the “The Barman’s Fund,” in which local bartenders donate their tips from one of their shifts each month to charity. This small organization of local barmen was founded by Brian Floyd, a bartender for the Vanderbilt, in response to the earthquake in Haiti. Since then, the phenomenon has spread across New York City, and has raised close to $40,000 dollars, donating to causes such as a Park Slope shelter, the Brooklyn Free Clinic, the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen, the Red Cross Disaster Relief, and many more. Many of the causes that catch the attention of the participating bartenders can be found on the website donorschoose.org, which connects people to classrooms needing assistance across the nation.

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Blood for Memory Space: The Red Cross USB

It’s finally the Halloween season. Most of us are thinking about old favorite horror movies, costumes, and how to make things a little scary. For the charitable, there’s nothing more in tune with the Halloween spirit than donating blood. It’s an event that involves needles, a creature sapping blood, and a few hours in a zombie state. Donating blood is a real fear for some people. However, there may be a reward that could bring in the most needle wary.

These USB drives come in a blood pouch packet and come in a stylish red to promote donations for blood drives. It’s aimed at college students who often feel too busy to stop and donate. Donating blood isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience for most people, so it’s no surprise that it’s about as avoided as a dentist’s appointment. However, blood donations are extremely important because they keep blood types on hand for life-saving transfusions. Hospitals all over the world make use of donated blood every single day and they are what keep dangerous situations from turning into deadly ones for many of their patients.

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Renowned Chefs Offer Japan-Inspired Recipes for Charity

After the devastating earthquake in Japan, people around the world banded together to support Japan’s relief efforts in any way they could. New Yorker Phil Michaelson took action in his own unique way.

"I wanted to bring the restaurant and food publishing industries together to help affected people in Japan," explained Phil Michaelson, creator of KeepRecipes.com.

He reached out to the country's top chefs and renowned foodies to contribute their recipes to the site’s newly launched initiative KeepRecipes for Recovery to raise money for the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. Some of the most esteemed culinary masters including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Chef Anita Lo of Annisa NY, Madonna’s personal chef of seven years Mayumi Nishimura, BONDST NY’s Chef Marc Spitzer, and Former Iron Chef Judge Eric Gower contributed a total of 21 Japan-inspired recipes.

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Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Bono and The Edge headline "Hope for Haiti Telethon"

This Friday beginning at 8 p.m. ET, over 100 artists and actors will appear live for "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon which will help benefit the victims of last weeks devastating 7.0 earthquake.

The London show will highlight U2's Bono and The Edge with Jay-Z and Rhianna, while performances in New York will be accompanied by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting. The Los Angeles gig will showcase performances from Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift.