GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Tuesday telethon to help families affected by the Flint water crisis raised $566,982.
When you couple that with a match from Tom Gores and the FlintNOW Foundation, the event raised $1,133,964. That includes a $100,000 donation from Art Van Furniture.
The money from the Flint Water Crisis: For Our Families telethon will go to the Flint Child Health & Development Fund.
The telethon was aimed at supporting the Flint families who will experience long-term effects from lead found in their drinking water. An estimated 6,000 to 12,000 Flint children have been exposed to lead-laced drinking water, according to Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center.
The March 15 fundraising effort will extend beyond West Michigan.
“We are honored that five television stations have come together to help us ensure that the children and families affected by the Flint water crisis get the best possible care now and in the future,” said Kathi Horton, President, Community Foundation of Greater Flint in a statement Wednesday.
Tom Gores and FlintNOW pledged to match all donations generated by the telethon up to a total of $1 million. FlintNOW and the Detroit Pistons helped promote the event and continue raising awareness about the impact of the water crisis and the long-term needs of residents in the city.
The Flint Child Health & Development Fund was created in January to cover services not provided by state and federal government, including child health and development programs and access to healthy food.