Bruno Mars said Saturday he is donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those impacted by the Flint water crisis.
The Grammy-winning star told the audience at his show in Auburn Hills, Michigan – about 30 miles from Detroit – that he and his tour promoter, Live Nation, are redirecting funds from the show to the charity The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
The 31-year-old entertainer said in a statement that he was ‘very thankful’ to his audience ‘for joining [him] in supporting this cause,’ which remains a major issue in the community.
Home run: Bruno Mars, 31, on Saturday said he’s donating $1 million from his Michigan concert to aid those impacted by the Flint water crisis. The Grammy-winner was snapped in December performing in LA
‘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.’
In 2014, Flint switched water sources and failed to add corrosion-reducing phosphates, allowing lead from old pipes to leach into the water.
Elevated levels of lead, a neurotoxin, were detected in children, and 12 people died in a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak that experts suspect was linked to the improperly-treated water.
The That’s What I Like artist, who was born and raised in Hawaii, performed during his sold-out 24K Magic World Tour, which kicked off this past March in Belgium, before making its way stateside last month.
Superstar: The artist, seen here in June in LA, has been a stalwart on the pop charts throughout the decade
The Versace on the Floor singer is one of many in the music industry to pledge donations, financial and otherwise, to the ongoing situation.
Meek Mill in Janurary of 2016 donated $50,000 toward the crisis, while imploring his musical peers to do likewise, according to Billboard.
This past January, Detroit native Big Sean, through his Sean Anderson Foundation, pledged $100,000 to the cause, opening up to Trevor Noah about the plight of the situation, which he said is ‘not even close to being over.
‘It was not even a natural disaster – it’s something that should’ve been prevented and could’ve been prevented, so it’s just disgusting to think about the damages that these families and even kids have to go through with the lead poisoning,’ said the Bounce Back artist.
Other notable names who have pitched in to the efforts in the embattled area include Cher, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa and Diddy.
Troubled waters: The Flint River was seen in this January 2016 shot after then-President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency in the situation
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