For ten years, Rucker has been raising money to help save children's lives for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital among other charities.
Country music star Darius Rucker has been raising money to fund St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for quite some time now. For the past 10 years, the 53-year-old singer has hosted his annual "Darius & Friends" concert, the proceeds of which go towards the organization. This year's Nashville concert successfully raised $425,000 surpassing the previously recorded amounts earned through this event. This record-breaking amount also puts the singer's total donation towards the children's hospital in the last decade over the $2 million threshold mark, reports WKRN.
Darius Rucker & Friends Help Raise $425,000 for St. Jude With 2019 Concert & Golf Tourney: Darius Rucker is a man on a mission. With his 10th annual Darius & Friends Benefit Concert on June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium and golf tourney on June 4, Darius… https://t.co/l0uTPopykK pic.twitter.com/mdt7szvRu7— Buckles and Bulls (@BucklesandBulls) June 9, 2019
The musician has been using his spotlight to help the ones in need through his benefit concert, which was held on Monday this year. The event was followed by a golf tournament and a silent auction the following morning. The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman made several visits to St. Jude and also released a song in 2014 called Possibilities which was inspired by one young and brave residing patients in the hospital. Like every other year, Rucker was accompanied by several other artists.
Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brett Young, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, and Travis Denning were the ones who captivated the audience with the country magic at this year's Darius and Friends concert. As per reports, the tickets to this concert were sold off even before the line-up was announced. With over 2400 fans the Ryman Auditorium was packed with country-music lovers who just couldn't get enough. "I was struck on that first visit by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients but also their patients’ families," said Rucker in a statement.
Congrats @dariusrucker on hosting another successful Darius & Friends concert benefiting St. Jude Children’s Hospital. CMA Fest is off to a great start! S/O to @kanebrown and @JimmieAllen on their accomplishments and anticipated performances. #CMAFest :: https://t.co/JLFvLD5VwP— the NMAAM (@theNMAAM) June 5, 2019
"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," he continued. Speaking about the organization last year, he said, "When you see first-hand what this organization can do for families, it’s remarkable." Rucker explains how he came to help this hospital, "Over the years we’ve met so many survivors, families of patients and volunteers whose lives have been changed by St. Jude. It’s one of my favorite shows of the year."
Last year's annual event that serves as the unofficial prelude to the CMA Music Festival saw singers like Brad Paisley, Lauren Alaina, and Trace Adkins perform for the audience. Ashley McBryde and Rachel Wammack, radio personality Bobby Bones and songwriter Patrick Davis were among the newbies who too played their part in the concert. Last year the Country music show successfully raised over $1 million. Sharing her take on the importance of the event and her experience with the patients at St. Jude, McBryde told the crowd, "Country music has been here over 40 years for St. Jude and we will be here every single time."
The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Special Olympics, Save The Music Foundation, are a few of the fifteen charities that Rucker donates to. From supporting people who are physically challenged to raising funds for Disaster Relief he has been doing everything in his power to help the needy. Due to these life-long charities, Rucker was awarded the Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2019. The president of Music Biz, James Donio said, "Through his tireless efforts to support the youth community of Charleston, not to mention the millions of dollars he has helped raise for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Darius has beautifully honored the legacy of our Humanitarian Award’s namesake, Harry Chapin."
"We truly feel that Harry would be proud to see how Darius has used his platform and resources to benefit those among us in need. We are delighted to recognize him for all he has contributed," he added. People couldn't stop gushing about this good deed and several posted comments on Twitter. @Adie_Bishop_ wrote: Good! (Wondered where you went :) @ailene60016 wrote: Love the man and his music!! Another Twitter user @PHolmeds5 wrote: Great guy, great cause. @BSchwiwman wrote: That’s a fantastic cause!! I’m so glad he’s giving back. @jjlynn51435244 seemed thankful, " This great news, thank you for sharing."