When Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg arranged a $38,500/couple fundraising dinner at her Silicon Valley home for President Barack Obama on Sept. 25, she probably didn’t guess that she would be host to one of entertainment’s biggest names – Lady Gaga – as well.
The pop megastar arrived at the intimate gathering of around 70 people, which was held under a tent in Sandberg’s yard. She was there to keep a promise she made to her fans in the wake of the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who committed the tragic act due to bullying.
Gaga had said via Twitter, “I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it.” Additionally, she said, “The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.” She also insisted that bullying “must become illegal. It is a hate crime,” and vowed that she would confront the president regarding the issue.
Lady Gaga kept her promise as she spoke to the president during the fundraiser’s Q&A segment. She began first by thanking Obama before reading aloud a letter from a fan about another victim of bullying who took their own life. She then pleaded and urged the president to do all he could to raise awareness of matter.
Obama, in turn, thanked Gaga for her efforts and continued to speak in depth about his administration’s efforts on the cause.
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