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Bruno Mars Announces $1M Donation To Assist Victims Of Flint Water Crisis

Bruno Mars Announces $1M Donation To Assist Victims Of Flint Water Crisis

Bruno Mars' performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich. on August 12 was the ultimate showstopper as the singer surprised the crowd by announcing a $1 million donation to aid victims of 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.

In a statement, Mars said: "I'm very thankful to the MI audience for joining me in supporting this cause".

The Mars' donation is being made by the singer himself and tour promoter Live Nation through funds from his MI concert.

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Saturday's concert was part of Mars' continuing 24K Magic World Tour, which wraps up its North American leg with four November shows at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., followed by swings through Latin America Oceana, Asia and Mexico into June of 2018. Thousands of people in the city were exposed to the contaminated water, including children, and 12 people died in a Legionnaire's outbreak connected to the crisis.

Hopefully, this will prove to be a reminder that the crisis in Flint is still ongoing and that many are still lacking safe, drinkable water. The water was improperly treated, leading to elevated levels of lead.

A state of emergency was declared in January 2016 and residents were urged to drink bottled water instead.

Mars joins a list of entertainers who have made sizable donations to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint in the past few years. Flint has switched back to Detroit for its water supply, and several state officials have resigned or are under indictment for negligence.