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Madonna Donates Big To Italian Charity After Quake

Apr. 8 2009, Updated 1:53 p.m. ET

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Losing last week's adoption bid of a 4-year-old Malawi child hasn't embittered Madonna.

The material girl made a donation, reportedly in the neighborhood of $500,000, to help victims of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the Italian region of Abruzzo Monday; the quake killed more than 200 and left another 50,000 homeless.

Madonna has ties to the region; her paternal grandparents lived in Pacentro, a town close to the earthquake's epicenter, until 1919.

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"I am happy to lend a helping hand to the town that my ancestors are from," she said in a statement. "My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones or their homes." (Photo: WENN)

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