Pop star Bruno Mars announced that he will be donating $1 million to aid the victims of the Flint water crisis. Mars made the announcement to a screaming crowd of fans at his sold out show Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.
During his performance of his song "Just the Way You Are," Mars paused to make the surprise announcement, dedicating the donation to "our brothers and sisters in Flint." The donation will be made to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
The Flint water crisis started in 2014 when the city's water supply was switched, leading to high levels of lead in the water. The crisis has resulted in a number of criminal charges against Michigan health officials.
Bruno Mars announced at his Palace of Auburn Hills concert he's donating $1 million to Flint. pic.twitter.com/s7AsK44bmS— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) August 13, 2017
Late Saturday after making the announcement, Mars released the following statement:
"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."The concert in Michigan was the latest stop on Mars' 24K Magic World Tour.