Hootie & the Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker hits the $2 million-funding mark ensuring even more children will receive life-saving treatment their families wouldn’t normally be able to afford.
After the country singer first visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ten years ago, he was inspired to do all he could to raise money for the worthy cause.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital never sends the families who receive treatment a single bill, relying solely on donations from others.
Darius said it was an “honor” to be able to help the hospital pay for more lifesaving care for kids.
The father of three hit the impressive $2 million mark after his tenth annual Darius and Friends benefit concert which raised $425,000.
The event now serves as the unofficial kick-off to the CMA Music Festival, a 4-day country music festival in Nashville, Tennessee
According to a press release from the man himself he had now raised over $2 million for the Tennessee hospital.
“I was struck on that first visit by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients, but also their patients’ families,” said Darius.
“They believe that a financial burden is the last thing a family should face when their focus needs to be on helping a kid get better, and St. Jude makes sure that their patients never pay a dime. It’s an honor for us to be able to help them continue such an important mission.”
More than 2,400 fans attended the sold-out show which featured heavy hitters Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Travis Denning, and Brett Young.
A stand-out feature of this big event is the surprise performance which this year was country band Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley.
Darius not only focuses his efforts on raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis Tennessee, but also MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.
Helping needy kids
His own mother worked there for 30 years and Darius has helped raise millions of dollars to fund a new building for the hospital.
And that’s not all; this huge advocate for needy kids continues to make a impact through his work with youth organization The First Tee Program and The Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation has raised almost $4.5 million for the public education system in South Carolina.
Through Darius’ hard work and determination, he is making such a difference to the lives of so many children, who wouldn’t normally have chances and options in life.
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