Rucker raised money from his 10th annual edition of “Darius and Friends” benefit concert, followed by a golf tourney and a silent auction.
Country star Darius Rucker raised over $2 million from his 10th annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert and donated the amount to a children’s hospital. Darius Rucker visited St. Jude Children’s Hospital nearly ten years ago but he always knew he wanted to help those caring for children. Rucker posted on Twitter about his decision: 10 years ago I visited @StJude and knew I wanted to do everything I could to help those kids and the amazing doctors who work tirelessly to find cures. Because of all of you, we’ve raised over 2 million dollars for them. Thank you.
Rucker also raised money by holding a golf tournament and silent auction apart from the concert, bringing the total to $2 million. Rucker said he believed St. Jude was a hospital that cared for its patients but also the families of the patients, “I was struck on that first visit by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients but also their patients’ families. 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.”
“You talk to the doctors and the parents, and you find out what’s wrong with them. Then you’re laughing and talking with this kid. And I’m saying to myself, ‘Could I be this strong if I was in the same situation? Could I be laughing and talking right now?” said Darius Rucker.
The country singer’s 10th annual edition of “Darius and Friends” benefit concert saw many big names participate including Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Travis Denning, and Brett Young. The concert also included a surprise performance by country band Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. More than 2,400 fans packed the concert hall for the sold-out show. The show was sold out even before the guest list was announced. “It’s such an amazing thing,” said Rucker. “We sell out in minutes, every time. Then all these big names come. Everybody we’ve ever asked has said yes.”
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, known for not charging families who seek treatment at their facility, relies entirely on individual contributions from donors like Rucker. St. Jude was established by entertainer Danny Thomas in 1962. He famously stated, "No child should die in the dawn of life."
St. Jude’s called Rucker, the “leading light of country music’s support of St. Jude”. This is not the first time Darius Rucker has helped raise money for them. He has been doing so since his first trip ten years ago. He said it changed his perspective on life.
The country star thanked his mother for raising him to care for others, “Oh, yeah. My mom raised me that way. We didn’t have much, we were poor growing up. She was a nurse and trying to raise these kids. But she always instilled in us that if we could help somebody, we should."
Rucker hasn’t limited his philanthropic efforts to just the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He has been associated with multiple humanitarian projects. He serves as a board member of the MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, and has helped raise millions of dollars to fund the development of a new building. MUSC Children’s Hospital also holds a special place in his heart, with his mother having worked at the hospital for over 30 years. He has also been involved with charities that support ill and underprivileged children.