Darius Rucker raises money for new women’s and children’s hospital

Beth and Darius Rucker have been named honorary co-chairs for the fundraising campaign to build a new MUSC women’s and children’s hospital.

Beth and Darius Rucker have accepted honorary positions as fundraising chairs for the new Medical University of South Carolina’s women’s and children’s hospital campaign.

MUSC needs to raise $50 million in donations to offset the cost of the $350 million building. It will not be complete until 2019.

To date, MUSC has raised about $14 million.

Darius Rucker will host a big band concert featuring Frank Sinatra’s music in North Charleston on Tuesday night to raise money for the hospital. Tickets to the event are sold out.

The new women’s and children’s hospital will be located on the corner of Calhoun Street and Courtenay Drive, next to MUSC’s Ashley River Tower.

The existing children’s hospital was built in the 1980s.

Rucker, of country music and Hootie & the Blowfish fame, lives in Mount Pleasant. He has been a longtime supporter of the MUSC Children’s Hospital and has held similar benefit concerts in previous years.

“When you think about people who truly understand what is possible when you have a first-class team working in a first-class facility, you think of the Ruckers,” said MUSC spokeswoman Heather Woolwine. “To them, every child in South Carolina should not only be able to receive the best care, but should be able to receive it in a facility that is state-of-the-art and caters to the needs of healing families.”

Rucker is expected to present a donation for the new building fund at the concert on Tuesday night.

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