Pop star Bruno Mars performed Saturday night in Auburn Hills, Michigan where, at the end of the night, he surprised the audience with exciting news.
The 31-year-old Grammy Award-winner from Honolulu announced that he and LiveNation (the global entertainment company producing Mars’ 24k Magic World Tour) would be donating one million dollars to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
Mars said he would be redistributing funds made from the concert that evening in support of the ongoing Flint Water Crisis, which came to the attention of the state of Michigan back in 2014. What began as a shift in the source of the city’s drinking water (from Detroit to the Flint River), lead to more than 100,000 sick residents, and other major health issues. While Detroit is once again the main source of water supply, the city of only 700,000 people is still in the midst of standing on its feet.
Mars said in a 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.”
After Mars announced the heartfelt gesture, he told the audience, “This is why we love what we do. We get a chance to go up on stage every night and perform … and the fact that we can show up here and celebrate under one roof together, all this positive energy that’s flowing. This is the world we want to live in.”
Bruno Mars wraps up the North American leg of his 24k Magic World Tour at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Friday, November 10, and continues on his way through Mexico, Asia, and Europe throughout 2018.