14 June 2016
Singer Beyoncé raises more than $82,000 to help the victims of the contaminated water crisis taking place in the city of Flint, Michigan.
According to reports from local papers, Beyoncé and her representative company helped to raise money for the city suffering from lead-tainted water through her latest “Formation” tour. With the tour, the singer gave the option to fans to donate for the cause in the process of buying tickets to the concert. She first announced the fundraising program during a tour announcement in February. The fundraiser then began in April as the tour started to kick off in the United States.
Now that Beyoncé has made it to Detroit as part of her tour, representatives from Parkwood Entertainment have presented the county with a check of $82,234 raised from fan donations earlier on Monday, June 13th.
In addition to the money raised, Beyoncé also awarded fourteen high school students in the area with gifts to cover the costs of a college education. The fourteen students were also given free tickets to Beyoncé’s Detroit concert.
Beyoncé is now scheduled to perform on Tuesday at Detroit’s Ford Field. This stop is the final part of the North American portion of the tour.
FULL STORY FROM NEW YORK DAILY NEWS BELOW
She’s sweeter than lemonade.
Pop star Beyoncé helped raise more than $82,000 to benefit those affected by the ongoing contaminated water crisis in Flint, Mich., The Detroit News reports.
The “Single Ladies” singer raised the money by giving fans the option to donate when purchasing tickets for her “Formation” tour.
Representatives for Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment company presented the United Way of Genesee County with the $82,234 check on Monday. She’s scheduled to perform at Detroit’s Ford Field on Tuesday.
Beyoncé first mentioned her Flint fundraiser in February in a tour announcement. The initiative was officially launched in April to help those dealing with the lead-tainted water in the central Michigan city.
The “Lemonade” creator billed her concert at the Motor City as “a celebration of the resourcefulness of the people of Flint and Detroit.”
The charitable gestures didn’t stop there, either, as the “Lemonade” creator also awarded 14 local high schoolers with “college gifts” in advance of the Detroit show to help cover their educational costs. All 14 recipients also received free tickets to the concert.
The Detroit gig — the final stop on Beyoncé’s North American leg — is one of three concerts on the tour to include a “signature charity event,” with the others taking place in Los Angeles and her hometown of Houston.