10/26/2012 at 01:30 PM EDT
will do anything to win – even if it costs him $12,000.
And win he did last night at the Pencils of Promise
Gala in New York City, where the singer (and a judge on season 4
of The Voice
) bid that many hefty pennies for a goldendoodle puppy. The pooch was being auctioned to raise funds for the charity, which builds schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana.
At last year's gala event, the singer tried to take home a puppy at auction, but was outbid by a family who eventually named the pooch Usher.
With a new dog at stake this year, Usher was determined to win the auction – but his initial bid of $10,000 was topped by fellow gala attendee Jessica Szhor
, who placed an $11,000 bid. Not to be outdone two years in a row, Usher finally won the copper-colored puppy with a $12,000 offer.
Usher looked thrilled, throwing his hands up in the air to celebrate. The dog seemed to get attached to her new owner quickly, whining when Usher left his table to make a speech.