Bruno Mars Just Donated $1 Million To Help Flint Water Crisis Relief Efforts

"We need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again."

Bruno Mars gave back to his Michigan fans in a big way this weekend. On Saturday night, he announced during a concert in Auburn Hills that he would be donating $1 million to aid in water crisis relief efforts in nearby Flint.

The Flint water crisis began in 2014 when thousands of residents were exposed to lead after the city's source for drinking water was changed to the Flint River. The crisis was linked to Legionnaires disease and other health issues. As of January, Flint's water was in compliance with federal regulations, but residents were still encouraged to use bottled or filtered water. Earlier this year, Michigan and Flint agreed to replace roughly 18,000 pipes by 2020.


According to Billboard, funds from Mars' sold-out concert were directed to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. As Refinery29 explains, the charity works with nonprofit organizations to help children affected by the water crisis. 

The singer also released a statement regarding the donation:

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 moment Mars announced the donation, to applause from the audience, was captured on video and shared thousands of times on social media. "This is why we love what we do," Mars told the crowd.

According to Jezebel, the Community Foundation's President and CEO Isaiah M. Oliver released a statement thanking Mars for his donation:

With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honored to accept this inspiring 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.

On Sunday night, Mars received the Visionary Award at the Teen Choice Awards. According to Gossip Cop, the award has only been given out once before — to Gwen Stefani in 2005. Although the honor recognized Mars for his "innovation and contributions to contemporary music," we'd say he earned it for his generosity as well.

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