As the North American leg of the highly-successful Group Therapy Tour comes to a close in the birthplace of Hootie & the Blowfish, the GRAMMY Award-winning band is using its three-night stand for good in partnership with Central Carolina Community Foundation. “HootieGives,” a Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation initiative, will have a unique focus during each of the three shows at Columbia’s Colonial Life Arena.
Wednesday, Sept. 11 is set to benefit military personnel and first responders via the 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina, with a Thursday, Sept. 12 school supply drive aiding the Richland County Public Education Partners & SC for Ed and a Friday, Sept. 13 food drive supporting the Harvest Hope Food Bank.
Fans attending the Thursday, Sept. 12 show in Columbia are encouraged to bring school supplies to “fill the bus” at the front entry doors, with pencils, dry erase markers, copy paper, facial tissues and bleach wipes designated by local teachers as the most-needed items. On Friday, Sept. 13, non-perishable food items will also be collected at the front entry doors, with monetary donations accepted at all arena entry points on all three nights.
Additionally, those not attending the shows in person can support these efforts through several donation options:
- Online at www.HootieGives.org
- Text SCHEROES, SCSCHOOLS and/or HARVEST to 44-321 to donate to each respective cause
- Mail a check to Central Carolina Community Foundation (2142 Boyce Street, Suite 402, Columbia, SC 29201)
Hootie & the Blowfish, known for making charitable giving a priority throughout their career via the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, will be matching all monetary donations made through Friday, Sept. 20 up to $20,000 per beneficiary.
For more information, visit www.HootieGives.org and www.Hootie.com, or follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.
About Hootie & the Blowfish
With the rich, bluesy vocals of Darius Rucker and gleeful harmonies of guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld, Hootie & the Blowfish have sold over 25 million records worldwide to date after their infectious melodies hit the airwaves in 1994 with hits such as “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You.”
The quartet met at the University of South Carolina where endless gigs at frat houses and local bars built a major local buzz. Their blend of pop, folk, blues, soul and rock made them hard to pigeonhole, but easily accessible to anyone who loved good music.
Atlantic Records, impressed by their regional draw, signed them and released Cracked Rear View in 1994. The album had been out for six months before the band played on the Late Show with David Letterman which sent sales skyrocketing, eventually landing at No. 1 on the Billboard chart the following spring. Cracked Rear View and the band went on to win two GRAMMY Awards, an MTV Video Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, and multiple People's Choice Awards. Cracked Rear View went on to earn the band Billboard's Band of the Year Award in 1996 and the RIAA's Diamond Award for sales in excess of 10 million units. Cracked Rear View remains the 5th most certified studio album in music business history.
The band remained a top draw nationwide and released five more albums for Atlantic: Fairweather Johnson, Musical Chairs, Scattered, Smothered & Covered, Hootie & The Blowfish and The Best of Hootie & The Blowfish, as well as Looking For Lucky on their own Sneaky Long Records and LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD. The band took a break from full-time touring in 2007, reuniting annually for a variety of philanthropic events while also pursuing solo projects. 2019 marked the band's first full-time touring year in over a decade as they embarked on the Group Therapy Tour ahead of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years due out November 1 under a new record deal with Universal Music Group Nashville.
About the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation
The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, established in 2000, was created so the band could support charities that were near and dear to their hearts. Among a multitude of philanthropy efforts, the Foundation focuses on public education issues in South Carolina, the state that nurtured their aspirations from the beginning of their career. They aim to support the ongoing fight to even the playing field in educational funding and lend an encouraging hand to all those in need. Since establishing a fund with Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands local center for philanthropy, the band has donated over $3 million to more than 200 charitable causes and the fund has an endowed balance of nearly $5 million. This will ensure the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation lasts in perpetuity and, as a legacy the band will be proud of, one day their children will be able to administrate the foundation.
The majority of funding comes from their annual fundraising event, the Monday After the Masters Golf Tournament. Affectionately referred to as “MAM,” the event is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament where every April, celebrities, pro golfers and friends travel to Myrtle Beach for a long weekend of fun and philanthropy. An additional signature event of the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation is Hootie’s Homegrown Roundup. Every August, the Roundup prepares underprivileged children in the Charleston County School district for the upcoming school year by providing free dental and eye exams, haircuts, new shoes and a backpack full of school supplies. To learn more, visit www.Hootie.com/Foundation.
About The 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina
The 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina is a nonprofit organization working to preserve the sacrifices that our first responders and military personnel made on and after September 11, 2001. We memorialize and honor our military and first responder heroes, current and former, through the construction and maintaining of enduring memorials and provide financial support and donations to Military and First Responder personnel and their families in need within the State of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.scremembers911.org or follow on Facebook and Twitter at @scremembers911.
About Richland County Public Education Partners
Richland County Public Education Partners was founded in 2018 by community members who wanted to ensure that Richland County becomes an educational leader in the state. RCPEP will provide a consistent, unwavering presence that supports and strengthens public education in Richland County schools. While operating independently from the school districts, RCPEP will work closely with them as well as schools and key community stakeholders to identify, support and develop innovative initiatives to assist teachers, students, and families. For more information, visit www.rcpep.org or follow on social media @richcopep.
About SC for Ed
SC for Ed is an organization seeking to improve the educational system in South Carolina. Created by educators, SC for Ed empowers educators and supporters to advocate for education by interacting with stakeholders. We will fight to ensure that all decisions made in regard to education are in the best interest of our students, educators and communities For more information, visit www.scfored.wixsite.com/hope or follow on social media @scfored.
About Harvest Hope Food Bank
Harvest Hope Food Bank is a non-profit organization serving people in need in 20 counties across South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributes more than 32.7 million pounds of food each year and feeds approximately 31,405 people a week across South Carolina. Harvest Hope operates out of locations in Columbia, Florence, and Greenville, SC. For more information, visit www.harvesthope.org or follow on Facebook @harvesthopefoodbank and Twitter or Instagram @harvesthopefb.