Beyonce Raises $82,000 For Victims of Flint Water Crisis
While pouring Lemonade across the country on her Formation world tour, Beyonce had a special gift for the residents of Flint, Michigan.
On Monday (June 13), the singer's entertainment and management company, Parkwood Entertainment, and director of philanthropy and corporate relations, Ivy McGregor, presented a $82,234 check to the United Way of Genesee County at a Detroit high school in partnership with Bey's philanthropic platform, BeyGOOD, according to a release sent from Beyonce's team. The funds are the result of fans who opted to donate to the city impacted by the ongoing water crisis.
In addition to the donation, 14 Detroit-based high school students were selected to receive "college gifts" for educational expenses and surprised with tickets to Beyonce's Tuesday night show at Ford Field. The Detroit concert is one of three shows, alongside Houston and Los Angeles tour stops, to include a "signature charity event."
Activism continues to be a part of Beyonce's work. Last month, she brought awareness to North Carolina's legislation affecting the LGBTQ community ahead of her show in the Tar Heel state and praised the work of Equality NC, a local organization that aims to achieve "equal rights and justice." She is also a staunch supporter of feminism (see: "Flawless" featuring unfiltered writer/speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) and voiced her opinions against police brutality in the April issue of Elle magazine following criticism of her "Formation" video. Her recently released visual album Lemonade also featured the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
Beyonce will wrap her 32-date North American trek in Detroit (June 14) before jetting overseas to Europe later this month. She will return to perform in the U.S. in September.