The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation announced its second annual multi-year grant cycle donations, granting a total of $90,000 over three years to three South Carolina charities that benefit child welfare and youth arts programs within the state. The three organizations and projects are as follows:
· Epworth Children’s Home: Epworth’s Family Care Center. Epworth’s Family Care Center is a disorder program which allows mothers and their children to stay together while receiving treatment as a whole family.
· Abbeville County School District: Putting Students First, One Beat at a Time. This program will assist the district’s schools with purchasing musical instruments for students who have an interest in band.
· Dillon School District Four: Stayin’ the Chorus. This program will send choral students to regional performances and competitions and help purchase music classroom materials.
Dillon School District Four: Stayin’ the Chorus is a program at Dillion High School for the Gifted and Talented Arts students that engages them and gets them to “Stay” committed to the Chorus program throughout their High School career. Jayne Lynch, Director of Assessment and Instructional Support and Kathy Smith, Choir Director at Dillion High School worked together to apply for the grant. The grant covers choir robes, music stands, portable sound systems and field trips to showcase opportunities available to the students to grow their talents and perhaps have a career in the arts.
“It’s wonderful opportunity” Jayne Lynch said of the $30,000 over three year grant. “We can’t thank Darius Rucker and the Hootie and the Blowfish Fund enough.”
These projects join the inaugural projects from the 2017 Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grant cycle, which are entering their second year of funding: Carolina Youth Development Center, Growing Home Southeast, and Long Bay Symphonic Society.
Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld, Dean Felber and Mark Bryan embraced their fortuitous career with the communities that support them. To this end, the band members created an endowment that ensures their foundation will last into perpetuity providing financial support to charitable initiatives throughout South Carolina and beyond.
Since the endowment’s creation in 2000, the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation has awarded more than $2.9 million in grants. These grants have impacted thousands of citizens by supporting the ongoing fight for an even playing field in educational funding and lending an encouraging hand to all those in need.