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Lady Gaga greets fans in Tacoma (Photo Slideshow)


Lady Gaga makes her way through the crowd in Tacoma (Photo by Bill Bungard)

by Jennifer Austin

photos by Bill Bungard

When Lady Gaga does something, she leaves a mark.

Last night, she gave her fans the same opportunity when the Born This Way Ball stopped at the Tacoma Dome.

Ahead of the show, Gaga held an event for her “Little Monsters” called “The Experience” – in which the “Born Brave Bus,” covered in fans’ artwork, was unveiled for the first time.

The bus comes with a snazzy interactive “tailgate” experience that connects fans to resources in their communities, such as behavioral and health services, school psychologists, mentoring and volunteer opportunities, and bullying and suicide prevention programs.

The “Born Brave Bus” is part of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, designed to inspire bravery and promote self-acceptance.

Tonight, Lady Gaga visits her Portland monsters at the Rose Quarter as part of the West coast leg of the tour.

About The Born This Way Foundation…

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community where individuality is celebrated by connecting kids with the skills, resources, and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.  BTWF, a non-profit charitable organization, addresses issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring, and career development through research, education, and advocacy. Visit to join the youth-powered movement towards a kinder world.

SMI contributor Bill Bungard captured these images….

Not only is he a multi-media journalist, he is also an accomplished musician. He is the founder of SMI and drives the creative look, feel and branding for the publication. His years of writing, arranging, and performing live music in a variety of genres inform his ability to communicate the message and the mechanics of music. Roth’s work on SMI reflects his philosophy that music is the universal language, and builds community. He believes it has the power to unite people of every race, religion, gender, and persuasion.