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Flint Water Festival to take place at Berston Field House

Friends of Berston announces international funk/disco band headliner Heatwave to open the Flint Water Festival at Flint’s historic Berston Field House. The Grammy nominated group is scheduled to perform for the water cause on at 7 p.m. Friday, July 2. Best known for their singles “Boogie Nights, “Always and Forever”, and “The Groove Line”, residents are encouraged to attend the free concert, pick up water donations and enjoy the carnival.

Friends of Berston, Flint Institute of Music and RICH Kids, Inc. partner on the Sixth Annual Flint Water Festival. The festival is set to take place at Berston Field House July 2-4, 2021, with Elliott’s Amusements Carnival scheduled from 12-10 p.m. each day. The entire family fun weekend will also include water giveaways sponsored by JUST Water, Liquid Death and National Clean Water Collective. Festival attendees can also view the charity’s auction items including a NBA Orlando Magic 2019-20 Team Autographed Woodgrain Basketball. Krista Kim, creator of the first non-fungible token (NFT) digital house entitled Mars House that sold for over $500,000, is donating and curating water-inspired NFTs from international and local artists in conjunction with the augmented reality platform SuperWorld App.

The city of Flint and Mayor Sheldon Neeley are looking forward to the following special guests performing for the important cause: Grammy nominated gospel singer Tiff Joy; Stellar Award nominated ensemble, Larry Callahan and Selected of God, from America’s Got Talent 2015; acclaimed jazz pianist Roger Jones Music and more, sponsored by Friends of Berston, Flint Institute of Music and Hagerman Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. The show is produced by Kay Smith Productions, and the festival livestream will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 4 on //Facebook.com/safewater4all. The festival concludes with a 10 p.m. firework finale sponsored by Huntington Bank..

Highlights from the 2021 Flint Water Festival:

Friday, July 2

Elliott’s Amusements Carnival + Shuttle Service from Downtown Flatlot to Berston: 12-10 p.m.

Club 93.7 FM Live Remote + Host: 3-5 p.m.

Drippie’s Water Drive: 3-6 p.m.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley Welcome: 6 p.m.

DJ SuperClark | Detroit’s Teen DJ: 5-7 p.m.

Berston Senior Steppers: 6:30-6:45 p.m.

NFT Augmented Reality Concert Experience: 6:45 p.m.

Heatwave Concert: 7-8 p.m.

Saturday, July 3

Elliott’s Amusements Carnival + Shuttle Service from Downtown Flatlot to Berston: 12-10 p.m.

Club 93.7 FM Live Remote + Host: 3-5 p.m.

NFT Water Art Walk: 3-6 p.m.

Tours begin at The X at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m.
Featuring water-inspired NFTs + specialty drinks paired with Liquid Death Sparkling Water at
The X, Comma Bookstore & Social Hub, The Loft, 501 Bar & Grill, Churchill’s Food & Spirits

98.9 FM Live Remote + Host: 5-7 p.m.

Roger Jones Music featuring soulful 90s R&B: 7-8 p.m.

Sunday, July 4

Elliott’s Amusements Carnival + Shuttle Service from Downtown Flatlot to Berston: 12-10 p.m.

Petting Zoo + Pony Rides: 2-4 p.m.

Club 93.7 FM Live Remote + Host: 3-5 p.m.

The Water Chat featuring a virtual performance by Tiff Joy: 4-5 p.m.

Festival Livestream: 6 p.m.

Sunday Service Choir Tribute featuring Larry Callahan & Selected of God: 6-7 p.m.

Continuation of livestream including festival recap: 7-8 p.m.

98.9 FM Live Remote + Host: 8-10 p.m.

Firework Finale: 10 p.m.

About the cause
In the beginning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered the city of Flint to replace 18,000 lead and galvanized service lines (i.e. underground). Six years later, research suggests about 90% of the project is complete and fewer than 1000 service lines are left to be checked. The festival raises funds to replace pipes inside the 18,000 homes. The average cost to fix the pipes per home is approximately $5,000. Everyday people can become a part of the solution by sponsoring the charity’s in-home pipe replacement program to help low-income homeowners.

About the charity
RICH Kids, Inc. is a non-profit organization leveling the playing field for all. Its Flint Water Festival is an annual charity event dedicated to raising funds and awareness to provide safe water for communities affected by the water crisis in Flint and abroad. The festival gives residents free water and a creative platform to improve their social, emotional and physical development. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes RICH Kids, Inc. as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. The Federal Tax ID# is 26-4045237. Gifts to RICH Kids, Inc. are tax deductible in the U.S.

For more information, visit www.flintwaterfestival.com.

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