Berston Field House in Flint receives huge donation

Published: Nov. 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM EDT
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(11/05/16) - Generations of kids who've gone on to become great athletes and citizens have walked through the doors of Berston Field House in Flint.

Saturday the facility received a huge donation.

One step at a time- a group of children were tap dancing inside the gym that's produced legends.

"It takes a village to raise a child. When you look at the history here at Berston Field House it has been the community mecca for eons," said Tyrone Hampton, former president of Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Michigan.

The building's history- matched with Flint's ongoing struggle for safe water is what got the attention of Prince Hall Masons in Michigan and their sister organization.

Deliveries of water and other resources came to Flint starting last year. Saturday two checks were presented to the Friends of Berston Field House totally $25,500.

"We're founded on brotherly love, relief and truth," said Adrian Green Sr., a member of the Prince Hall Masons. "And we take care of one another. That's just not a Masonic belief- that's the philosophy of the village. We certainly do believe that it takes a village to heal the family and make the family whole."

Money donated will go toward programming at Berston- like the tap dance school taught by Creative Expressions Dance Studio. It will also support a variety of other initiatives designed to keep children safe and foster young, impressionable lives.

Roslyn L. Banks, Grand Worthy Matron, said the Flint water crisis has also affected many of their members and the Michigan Prince Hall Family is committed to helping revitalize lives and the community.

"We feel their pain. We know what they're going through as a community," Banks said. "And we want to show them that we care. That we are concerned about them, and that we love them."

The organizations are ready to see where the young tap dancers and future generations end up in life.