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Pistons owner to match up to $1M in Flint telethon donations


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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A telethon underway to help Flint residents amid the Michigan city’s crisis with lead-tainted water features a major financial commitment from Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores.

The Flint native says he’ll match up to $1 million in donations made during Tuesday’s telethon hosted by Detroit television station WDIV-TV. More than $40,000 had been raised as of Tuesday morning.

The telethon, called “Flint Water Crisis: 4 Our Families ((hash)FlintKids),” benefits the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and its Flint Child Health and Development Fund. Localized versions are airing on other stations.

If consumed, lead can cause developmental delays and learning disabilities. There are a number of efforts taking place to boost Flint education, health and support programs.

Gores earlier pledged to raise $10 million to help the city.