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Lady Gaga in a promotional photo from her official website/We Pray For Japan bracelet from Gagas personal website, LadyGaga.com. - Provided courtesy of Photos courtesy of LadyGaga.com

Lady Gaga donates $1.5 million to Japan relief efforts, partners with Zynga

03/28/2011 by Corinne Heller

Lady Gaga has donated $1.5 million to Japan tsunami and earthquake relief efforts, says fundraising partner Zynga, maker of the popular Facebook game "Farmville."

She is one of many celebrities who have donated funds or worked to raise money to help though affected by the Japan disasters, such as actress Sandra Bullock, actor Josh Duhamel and singer Gwen Stefani.

"Zynga Inc. today announced that Lady Gaga has donated $1.5 million total, through the sales of her Japan Prayer Bracelets, to Zynga's fundraising initiative with Save the Children as well as to the American Red Cross to support relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan," the company said in a statement.

"Today's donation comes on the heels of Zynga players raising more than $2.5 million in the last two weeks for Save the Children's Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund and other causes, bringing the grand total raised to more than $3 million," it said.

Lady Gaga's Japan Prayer Bracelets went on sale soon after the deadly disasters struck the Asian country earlier this month.

Throughout the past few weeks, people had bought special virtual items used in Farmville and other games, including "CityVille," "Frontierville" and "Zynga Poker." Proceeds were set to go to Zynga's fundraising initiative to support the relief efforts.

"I'm inspired that my little monsters banded together to help those affected by the terrible tragedy," Lady Gaga said in the statement.

Gwen Stefani of the rock and ska band No Doubt and actress Sandra Bullock recently donated $1 million each to help relief efforts in Japan.

On Sunday, actor Josh Duhamel hosted a 2-mile charity run aimed at raising funds to help American Red Cross' work in the country.

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