The '24K Magic' hitmaker donates proceeds from his sold-out Michigan concert to benefit The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
Bruno Mars is giving back to the community. The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter announces he will donate proceeds from his sold-out concert on Saturday, August 12 at Auburn Hills, Michigan to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint. He will make $1 million donation to help the city's water crisis.
"I'm very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause," the star 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."
The crisis started in 2014 when Flint switched water sources from Detroit's water system to the Flint River. Thousands of people were exposed to contaminated water when lead from old pipes leached into the water due to insufficent treatment. The residents were instructed to use only bottled or filtered water until all the lead pipes have been replaced, which is not expected to be finished until 2020.
"With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honored to accept this inspiring donation," President and CEO Isaiah M. Oliver responded to the singer's donation. "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."