CHICAGO (CBS) – Mother Monster roared through the Windy City dazzling a crowd of thousands.
Last Monday night, Lady Gaga performed in Chicago, bringing her hit music and a powerful message about mental health.
The singer and actor performed “Hold My Hand” recently at Wrigley Field. While wowing the crowd with her new songs, relentless energy, and mega-hits, she shared many moments where she empowered people, especially young people, regarding their mental health.
This is the goal of the Born This Way Foundation. The singer launched the foundation ten years ago with her mother.
Born This Way Foundation executive director Maya Smith says Lady Gaga started the organization for very personal reasons.
“Sometimes when you’re young and you’re different, you’re treated like a liability, instead of an asset and for that, she endured a lot of meanness and cruelty,” Smith said. “She was clear from a young age that if she were to survive her life, she would dedicate her time, her treasure and her talent to ensuring that other young people not only survived, but could thrive. “
So far this year, Lady Gaga’s organization has donated more than $1 million in grants to 22 organizations nationwide, including two in Chicago.
As young people prepare to return to school, the foundation is also running its Please Stay campaign. These are images with inspirational messages, in place, at L stops and bus stops across the city, to remind people that during difficult times there is hope and support for them .
Chicago-based Conagra Brands has supported the Born This Way Foundation in several ways, including making a donation to support the organization’s efforts over the past two years.