Darius Rucker has raised an additional $255K for St. Jude with his annual Darius & Friends concert, which was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The event, featuring Rucker, Clint Black and Tracy Lawrence, was held at the Grand Ole Opry on July 30, 2020.
"When we first started talking about this year's #DariusandFriends, which usually takes place during the week of CMA Fest, I had the idea to make it a really fun night of '90s Country," Rucker wrote on social media. "Even though gathering in person for our normal show wasn't possible, we still wanted to do as much as we could to support the great work happening at @stjude. I'm so thankful to my friends @clint_black and @therealtracylawrence for helping that '90s Country vision still come to life, and to the folks at @LiveXLive for bringing this concert to everyone's screens at home."
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When we first started talking about this year’s #DariusandFriends, which usually takes place during the week of CMA Fest, I had the idea to make it a really fun night of ’90s Country. Even though gathering in person for our normal show wasn’t possible, we still wanted to do as much as we could to support the great work happening at @stjude. I’m so thankful to my friends @clint_black and @therealtracylawrence for helping that ’90s Country vision still come to life, and to the folks at @LiveXLive for bringing this concert to everyone’s screens at home. You can still help the kids by watching the show at the link in bio!
Last summer (June 3, 2019), the 10th annual Darius and 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. The 2019 event raised over $425,000 on its own, a single-year record.
The children's hospital fundraising event, an unofficial kick-off for CMA Fest, has been hosted at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee for the previous three years. In 2019, more than 2,400 fans enjoyed a stacked country music 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."
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Rucker is a longtime supporter of St. Jude and even recorded a song inspired by a St. Jude patient.
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."
This article was originally published in June of 2019. It was updated on August 5, 2020.