Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan

Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Reporters via ZUMA Press

02/19/2016 AT 03:00 PM EST

Celebrity natives of Flint, Michigan are banding together to help their hometown.

A group of Hollywood stars, led by Flint expat and famed jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, are holding a concert on Feb. 21 to benefit those affected by the water contamination crisis.

"We're all critically aware of what's going on in Flint," Bridgewater tells PEOPLE. "My role is to perform and reach out to a lot of celebrities that I know in the Los Angeles area to make them aware of the benefit and see if I can get them involved."

The three-time Grammy award-winner's family is currently suffering from the side effects of the contamination. "I just started hearing about this from TV reports, and then I called my cousins to find out how everyone was doing," she says. "I found out that most of my cousins who live in Flint have become sick as a result of drinking and bathing in this water."



The event, organized by publicist Howard Bragman, manager Tulani Bridgewater and director Alex Grossman, will be held at Spaghettini in Beverly Hills – a lounge run by saxophonist and Flint native, Dave Koz.

Bridgewater will share the stage on Sunday with country Star Ty Herndon, pianist Tamir Hendelman and bassist John Clayton. Meanwhile, Flint classics like Koegel's hot dogs with coney sauce and Vernor’s ginger ale are being flown in for the event.



Tickets for “Hollywood Helps Flint” are $100 on Indiegogo. All proceeds will go to Flintkids.org, a charity helping the health needs of children affected by the water crisis.

While Bridgewater admits, "I really don’t know what the solution to this crisis is going to be," she and her fellow expats are looking forward to making a difference.

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