On his North American leg of his 24K Magic Tour, Bruno Mars stopped in Auburn Hills, MI—halfway between Flint and Detroit to make a special onstage announcement.
The pop crooner is donating $1 million to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint as relief for the ongoing water crisis. In a statement, Mars said,
“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. 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.”
Flint’s water crisis began in 2014. The city switched from Detroit River’s system to the improperly treated Flint River’s system in an attempt to cut costs. More than 100,000 have been exposed to the water which has high levels of bacteria (E. coli) and lead. Following the outbreak, more than 100 cases of Legionnaire’s disease were diagnosed, leaving 12 dead. In June, five state officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Bruno Mars officially joins the list of celebrities reaching out to help the hurting citizens of Flint. Cher, Meek Mill, Big Sean and Pearl Jam have donated as well.