Darius Rucker benefit concert raises $2M for St. Jude Children's Hospital over decade

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An annual concert hosted by country music star Darius Rucker reportedly has raised $2 million for St. Jude Children's Hospital over the past decade.

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The former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman announced Thursday that this year's Darius & Friends benefit concert, golf tournament and silent auction in Nashville, Tennessee, brought in more than $425,000 for the Memphis-based hospital.

"Because of all of YOU, we've raised over 2 million dollars for them," tweeted Rucker, who launched the fundraiser in 2010. "Thank you."

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Rucker, who first visited St. Jude 10 years ago, said he was "struck ... by how St. Jude not only cares for their patients, but also their patients' families," according to a news 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," he said in a statement. "It's an honor for us to be able to help them continue such an important mission."

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The most recent concert, held Monday at the Ryman Auditorium, featured guests such as Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Kane Brown and Jimmie Allen. The event is considered the "unofficial kickoff to CMA Fest," the news release said.

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