The crooner held his 10th annual 'Darius and Friends' benefit concert last week, followed by a golf tournament and silent auction.
There is something about doing good, giving back to the community and people that set legends apart. Here is Country music star Darius Rucker who has raised over $2 million for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
According to CBS Pittsburg, Rucker held his annual “Darius & Friends” benefit concert, followed by a golf tournament and silent auction, raised nearly $500,000 this week, bringing his total to over $2 million raised.
Country singer Darius Rucker raised $425k for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this past week, bringing his total raised for the organization to $2 million over the last 10 years! 👏👏👏 https://t.co/v2ovdLmIjl— WBTV News (@WBTV_News) 9 June 2019
Rucker, 53, earned $425,000 for St. Jude this year alone, surpassing his total fundraising for the free children's hospital to more than $2 million over the decade that he's held his benefits, WKRN reported.
And it reportedly, it all began 10 years ago when Rucker visited St. Jude for the first time.
.@dariusrucker is a leading light of country music’s support of St. Jude. His annual Darius and Friends benefit concert has raised more than $2 million, and this year’s 10th edition sold out even before the guest lineup was announced. #StJudeInspire https://t.co/pl5Wu6hOET— St. Jude (@StJude) 7 June 2019
“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 press release.
Can we all agree Darius Rucker is a national treasure? pic.twitter.com/kPy0wOhqlH— Tiffany Truitt (@tiffanytruitt) 31 May 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.”
In a tweet, Rucker said his first visit motivated him to do whatever he could to help the kids and the organization.
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) 6 June 2019
The former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman has also made frequent visits to St. Jude and even released a song, "Possibilities," in 2014 inspired by one of the hospital's brave young patients.
This year's Darius and Friends concert featured Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Luke Bryan, Brett Young, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown and Travis Denning.
The show was sold out before the lineup was announced. “Darius & Friends” has become a heartwarming way to kickoff CMA Fest as country music fans flock to Nashville for the event.
In a story posted on St. Jude’s website, they say Rucker’s involvement with the children’s hospital started when he was fresh off his run with Hootie & the Blowfish and opening for Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley.
Singer Darius Rucker raises $2 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital https://t.co/YKS9CK9nU4— FOX59 News (@FOX59) 9 June 2019
He says that Bentley asked if he wanted to visit St. Jude with him, and Rucker agreed.
Since then, he’s been using his spotlight and platform to help the kids and the “amazing doctors who work tirelessly to find cures.”
Darius Rucker - Orange Beach, Alabama. “Wagon Wheel” pic.twitter.com/ihTcieQaOg— Charlie Morse (@Morse67Morse) 9 June 2019
Here is a black man, trying to do his bit for the good of the people and children - regardless of race. It's humanity.
"It’s an honor for us to be able to help them continue such an important mission,” Rucker said in a statement referring to St. Jude's bid to never make their patients pay a dime.