On February 17, 2015, Darius Rucker performed at the North Charleston Coliseum to benefit the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Darius Rucker presented the MUSC with a personal check for $265k to spark the fundraising campaign to build a new MUSC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Rucker hosted a big band concert featuring Frank Sinatra music for a sold out crowd.
Beth and Darius Rucker are honorary co-chairs for the MUSC fundraising campaign and long time supporters of the children’s hospital. “Kids are the future, but it is also they’re people who are most helpless. You try and help them as much as you can,” said Rucker. The twenty-eight year old hospital is outdated. The plans are to build a $350 million new facility with 270 beds for ICU, neo-natal ICU, acute care, and new and expectant mothers. The new hospital will be located on the corner of Calhoun Street and Courteney Drive next to the existing MUSC Ashley River tower. MUSC spokeswoman Heather Woolwine spoke highly of the Ruckers understanding of having a first class facility, “to them, every child in South Carolina should not only be able to receive it in a facility that is state-of-the-art and caters to the needs of the healing families.”
Born and raised in Charleston, Darius Rucker is a favorite son of the Lowcountry. First finding fame with the grammy award-winning band Hootie and the Blowfish, which he founded while attending University of South Carolina, releasing five studio albums with six Top 40 hits. Rucker has gone on to find success as a cross over country artist. His first Nashville single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It”, made him the first African American to chart a number one Hot Country song since Charley Pride in 1983. Rucker was the first African American to win New Artist at the Country Music Awards in 2009. He continues to chart hits and his new album, Southern Style, is due to be released in March, 2015.
“It’s clear that he has the passion we do and we’re so thankful he’s part of it,” said David Cole, President MUSC. Darius Rucker has a passion for music and his community using his talent to support a worthy cause. As a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Rucker gives back to his community in amazing ways. “He’s a great South Carolinian and always makes us proud,” praised Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, who attended the event.