Daris Rucker, a well-known country music star and also known for his work with Hootie & the Blowfish, has raised more than $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Rucker has done so through his event called “Darius and Friends” which is a fundraising concert used to raise money. This takes place annually.
This year’s concert raised $425,000, which is what pushed his organization over the $2 million mark. The event has gone onto become a benefit concert, golf tournament, a silent auction, and the unofficial kick-off to the Country Music Awards festival in Nashville.
More about Darius Rucker’s event for St. Jude
This year’s concert includes performances by Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Brett Young, Jimmie Allen, and more. Rucker writes on his Twitter page about St. Jude and all the efforts to help donate such an incredible amount.
“Ten years ago I visited St. Jude and knew I wanted to do everything I could to help those kids and the amazing doctors that work tirelessly to find cures,” he says. “Because of all of YOU, we’ve raised over 2 million dollars for them. Thank you.”
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. #DariusandFriends 🙏 https://t.co/gGhqFgtbIl pic.twitter.com/hQh1DXxUzs
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) June 6, 2019
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the top leading children’s hospital, specifically for children who are fighting disease like cancer. They conduct important research, treat various types of pediatric diseases, and provide multiple ways so that you can get involved with helping them save our children.
The reason why St. Jude is a top-performing children’s hospital is because families who receive treatment there never receive even a dime. Because their funding comes solely from donations, there is no need to send medical bills to parents of a child who are also struggling.
What Darius Rucker’s fans have said
Fans have been reaching out to Rucker, praising him for all the work he’s done to help raise money toward this amazing cause.
“You’re a great musician AND a great human being also! Thank you for all that you do,” one fan says. “My family and I love you and have been fans for decades!”
Another fan shares her personal experience with St. Jude. “I thank God daily for places like St. Jude and Shriners. Without donations to these amazing oasis’ in what can be a sea of chaos for a family, my sister may not have been here to become the beautiful intelligent woman she is today.”
One woman shares her experience with saving a life at St. Jude. “I give to St. Jude whenever I possibly can! I ran into a man one day who showed me a scar from his heart surgery he had there as a child. They saved his life! He cried while I donated and shared a hug with me. He called me a ‘she-ro.'”