AUBURN HILLS (WJRT) - (08/12/17) - Bruno Mars announced he is giving $1 million to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
He made the announcement at the Palace of Auburn Hills Saturday night.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Isaiah M. Oliver, the president and CEO of the foundation, wrote, "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."
Oliver was actually in the crowd Saturday night as the announcement was made.
A video Oliver captured of the big moment is posted with this story.
"Tonight, I want to donate $1 million to our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan," Mars said in the video.
Since the Water Emergency was declared, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint has played a critical role in the recovery. They've raised millions of dollars and provided over $5 million in grants to several area organizations, including Mott Community College, the Crim Fitness Program, Flint Public Library and the YMCA.
They're focused on aiding child nutrition, literacy programs, at-risk youth and child mental health programs.
Speaking with the Flint community Monday, you can tell Mars' donation is already making a big impact on them.
Several people we spoke with said the donation is giving them hope that they haven't been forgotten and they're thinking maybe others will follow suit because this city needs all the help it can get.
In the past few years, several other celebrities have sent money to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, including late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, Detroit rapper Big Sean and singer Beyonce.
For a closer look at where the foundation's money goes, click the link in the 'Related Links' section of this story.