The milestone was reached with this year’s 10th annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and the accompanying golf tournament and silent auction. Rucker says one visit with the kids and their doctors at St. Jude years ago inspired him to make a difference.
“I was struck on that first visit by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients, but also their patients’ families,” Rucker said in a statement. “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.”
Organizers say this year’s benefit concert and golf tournament raised a record-setting $425,000. The fundraising event has become an unofficial kickoff to CMA Fest in Nashville.
Meanwhile, Rucker is back with the band that made him a household name. 25 years after releasing their smash album Cracked Rear View, Hootie & the Blowfish are touring the U.S. The band has been playing all their hits, including “Hold My Hand” and “Time,” as well as some of Rucker’s solo country material.
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