Beyonce Raises Funds For Flint Water Crisis
Beyonce has helped raise in excess of $82,000 for residents of Flint who continue to grapple with the ongoing water crisis.Advertisement
Parkwood Entertainment, the “Lemonade” singer’s entertainment and management company, and Ivy McGregor, director of philanthropy and corporate relations, gave a check of $82,234 to the United Way of Genesee County at a Detroit high school in partnership with her philanthropic platform, BeyGOOD.
According to the Detroit News, the funds were largely raised by the fans who chose to donate to the Flint fund while buying tickets to the Formation tour.
Other than the generous donation, “college gifts” would also be presented to students of Detroit-based high schools. They also received tickets to Beyonce’s night show at Fort Field scheduled for Tuesday. Along with the singer’s shows in Houston and Los Angeles, the Detroit concert includes a “signature charity event.”
The lead levels found in Flint’s tap water have reached to a point where it has been deemed harmful for consumption. As a result, residents have been advised to use bottled water for purposes of drinking and cooking.
As reported by the Huffington Post, filters, bottled water, emergency services and prevention efforts were helped bought by United Way. As many as 11,000 filter systems and 5,000 replacement filters have been sourced by UWGC.
As reported by Billboard, ahead of Beyonce’s show in the Tar Heel state last month she helped bring awareness to North Carolina’s legislation affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. She also lauded the efforts of Equality NC, which through its work endeavors to achieve “equal rights and justice.” Beyonce is a supporter of feminism. She also against police brutality in the April issue of Elle magazine.