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US pop star Madonna poses on the red carpet arriving for the opening of the "Hard Candy" fitness Center in Berlin on October 17, 2013. (Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

US pop star Madonna poses on the red carpet arriving for the opening of the “Hard Candy” fitness Center in Berlin on October 17, 2013. (Photo credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) – Madonna is donating toward the construction of a new youth boxing gym in Detroit and buying iPads and other supplies for students at a city charter school.

In a news release Monday, the 55-year-old music icon says her contributions to three organizations represent “the first phase of a long-term commitment” to her hometown.

Madonna says a recent visit to Detroit left her “inspired by the progress she’s witnessed.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer grew up in Bay City, Michigan, and the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills.

She plans to provide funding for a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym; purchase new supplies for the Detroit Achievement Academy; and help out The Empowerment Plan, which employs homeless women to sew garments that are distributed to the homeless.

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