Bruno Mars came to Michigan to entertain his fans as part of his 24K Magic World Tour but he gave the people of the state much more than memories of his eye-popping live performance.
The 31-year-old singer announced to a sold-out crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, August 12, a personal donation of $1 million to the city of Flint.
Mars’ remarks — which were captured on film — were met with thunderous applause by the crowd.
The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when the city switched from the Detroit water system to the Flint River, which was improperly treated leading to high levels of lead.
Subsequently, thousands of people in the city were exposed to the contaminated water, leading to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease which caused the deaths of 12 people.
“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause,” Mars said in a statement.
“Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”
Revenue generated from Saturday’s show will be redirected to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
“With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honored to accept this inspiring donation,” President and CEO Isaiah M. Oliver said in a statement. “We know Bruno Mars’ $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint. He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity.”
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