Pearl Jam and Friends Call on You To Help Match Flint Water Fund Donation
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Just days after Cher donated over 180,000 bottles of water to residents of Flint, Michigan who have been victimized by lead contamination in their own water system, Seattle rockers Pearl Jam have also stepped up in a big way with a six-figure donation to the cause and a Crowdrise campaign to get others involved.
The band and its manager Kelly Curtis have pledged $125,000 (US) to the United Way of Genessee County’s Flint Water Fund to help with immediate and long-term needs of the community.
A consortium of Pearl Jam friends and partners — including Glaser Progress Foundation, Live Nation, Brand Carlile’s Lookout Foundation, Republic Records, Ticketmaster, Universal Music Publishing Group and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment — have added another $175,000 (US), bringing the total to $300,000 (US).
On Pearl Jam’s Crowdrise page, it says it is “asking our amazing community to match it.”
“Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County's Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and longterm needs of the community,” it reads. “Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan.
“After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.
"100% of donated funds are used for Flint community projects and no administrative fee is assessed.”
The City declared a state of emergency on Dec. 14, 2015, after the city was forced to use Flint River as a source of drinking water from April 2014 through Oct. 16, 2015, resulting in elevated levels of lead due to corrosive pipes. The city is advising residents not to drink water without an NSF certified water filter that specifically removes lead.
In a press release on Pearl Jam's web site, Jamie Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County, said, “This is an incredible gift for the people of Flint, one that will help address our immediate needs in the community and long-term needs that will be addressed by the Flint Child Health and Development Fund."
Pearl Jam fans have stepped up fast, raising more than $10,000 since the fund started.
Cheques can also be mailed to:
United Way of Genesee County
111 E Court Street, Suite 3A
Flint, MI 48502
ATTN: Flint Water Fund
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