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Madonna gets into the groove of helping Detroit

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The Material Girl is providing some material assistance to her home town.

Madonna, who was born in Bay City and raised in Pontiac and Rochester, graduating from Rochester Adams High School, announced “the first phase of a long-term commitment to help her Detroit hometown” on Monday, June 30. Inspired by a recent visit to the area, which included her daughter Lourdes Ciccone Leon’s freshman orientation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Madonna (ne Ciccone), 55, has targeted three local organizations for contributions.

The multi-faceted entertainer will donate money for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym, the Detroit Achievement Academy charter school and the Empowerment Plan, where homeless women sew garments for other homeless individuals in Detroit and around the country. Specific dollar amounts were not disclosed, nor were any future donations.

In a statement, Madonna said that, “I was deeply inspired by the efforts of so man people I met who have dedicated themselves to helping the kids and adults in Detroit elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty. I have seen the results in their committment and hard work have already accomplished...It was obvious to me that I had to get involved and be part of the solution to help Detroit recover.

“A piece of my heart will always be in Detroit and I’m humbled to be able to give back to my community.”

Madonna last performed in Detroit on Nov. 8, 2012 at Joe Louis Arena during her MDNA World Tour. She’s currently recording her 13th studio album.

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