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2005

FMU to host Darius Rucker benefit concert, Feb. 4

            FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will play host to a benefit concert by Grammy award-winning musical artist Darius Rucker, Saturday, Feb. 4.

            Rucker, lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, will perform a Big Band concert featuring the music of Frank Sinatra. Tickets are $100 for the show, and $250 for VIP tickets which include gold circle seating, and pre- and post-concert receptions. The presenting sponsors for the event are BB&T and the SIM Group.

            For VIP ticket holders, the evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the Wallace House on the FMU campus, followed by the concert at 8 p.m. in the McNair Science Building auditorium. Immediately following the performance, a coffee and dessert reception will be held at the Cottage, with piano music by Ralph Fazio.

            Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Charles P. Darby Children’s Research Institute. The institute opened in February 2005 and is the largest children’s research facility in the Carolinas, and one of only 15 children’s research centers in the United States. The institute houses 150 state-of-the-art laboratory modules where researchers focus on the causes and cures for ailments that affect children, including: congenital heart disorders, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, mental retardation and learning disabilities, pneumonia, and diabetes.

            Born and raised in Charleston, Rucker aspired to be a musician all his life. While attending the University of South Carolina, he met Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, and Jim Sonefeld, soon to become Hootie and the Blowfish. The band has sold more than 25 million records, and has earned several awards, including two Grammys. Rucker released his critically acclaimed solo album, “Back to Then,” in 2002.

            Through its Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, the band has donated more than $2 million to various South Carolina charitable organizations.

            VIP tickets are available only by calling Joan Billheimer at BB&T at 843-413-4233, while the $100 tickets are available exclusively through www.etix.com.

#100 / 12-21-05
Last Published: February 21, 2007 8:55 AM
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