Generous country star Darius Rucker is the newest recipient of the ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award. This honor is presented to a country music artist, duo/group or industry professional who is devoted to improving lives through the power of music, has a generosity of spirit, and is committed to serving others. The recipient is selected by the ACM Lifting Lives Board of Directors.
From his days as a multi-platinum pop star to a decade as a hit-making, Grammy-winning country artist, Darius Rucker has given his time and talent to support many charitable causes, most especially those that benefit children and education. To date, he has raised more than $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the “Darius & Friends” all-star concerts and tournaments – blending his two loves of music and golf. In his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, Rucker serves on the board of the Charleston Children’s Hospital and, for 15 years running, has staged the “Homegrown Concert” to raise money to buy school supplies and other necessities for local public-school children. Long a big supporter of ACM Lifting Lives, Rucker has given his time to ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, the Lifting Lives Golf Classic and a recent Lifting Lives Omaze campaign -- where he personally hosted the winners backstage at the 53rd ACM Awards. In addition, the affable star has used his talent to raise money and awareness for Pattinson’s Academy, PGA Tour Charities, Nashville’s Oasis Center, Musicians on Call, Military Warrior Support Foundation and the Hootie and the Blowfish Foundation, just to name a few.
Past recipients of the ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award include Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood.
Rucker was celebrated on Aug. 22nd at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium along with other ACM Special Award winners during the 12th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to off-camera category winners from the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards.