Last Monday (June 3), the 10th annual Darius & Friends benefit concert, charity golf tournament and auction upped the total funds raised for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by country star Darius Rucker to over $2 million. This year's event raised over $425,000 on its own, a single-year record.
The event, an unofficial kick-off for CMA Fest, has been hosted at the Ryman Auditorium for the past three years. This year, more than 2,400 fans enjoyed a stacked musical lineup: Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Travis Denning and Brett Young.
"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. "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."
Per the St. Jude website, the non-profit "is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases."
It's a busy summer for Rucker, with his famous rock band Hootie & The Blowfish reuniting for a string of summer and fall dates, including a Sept. 7 visit to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.