St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital honored Darius Rucker at the 28th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Seminar on Saturday (January 14th) at The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. He received the prestigious Randy Owen Angels Among Us Award, which recognizes individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit.
In 2016, Darius hosted the seventh consecutive Darius Rucker and Friends benefit, a sold-out concert that featured performances by Charley Pride, Hunter Hayes, Drake White, Terri Clark, LOCASH and Scotty McCreery. The annual event has raised more than $800,000 for St. Jude, helping to ensure families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food.
In 2015, Darius recorded “Possibilities,” a song inspired by St. Jude patient Brennan. Darius heard the tune when Brennan presented it to him, and he later recorded it at a session in Memphis with the help of patients at the hospital.
Darius was surprised during the event with a $50,000 donation to St. Jude, given in his honor from ACM Lifting Lives, in recognition of his charitable spirit and work with both St. Jude and the Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm. ACM Lifting Lives works to improve lives through the power of music.
This award places Darius among the ranks of only four past recipients, including Alabama front man and co-founder of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Randy Owen for whom the award is named, John Rich, former ALSAC Chief Operating Officer David McKee (posthumously) and St. Jude Country Cares Advisory Council member, Sharon Eaves (posthumously).