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Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation Grants $90,000 to Three South Carolina Charities

The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation announced its fourth annual multi-year grant cycle donations, granting a total of $90,000 over three years to three South Carolina charities working on projects in the areas of mental health awareness, services for children with disabilities and their families, and arts education in schools.

The three organizations and their projects are:

  • Hayden Hurst Foundation: In Focus Mental Health Wellness Program for Students — In Focus, a mental health wellness program, with a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, will be implemented in Charleston County Schools
    grades K-8.
  • Lee County School District: The Overcomers Project — This project will provide opportunities for students to gain a wealth of knowledge about music history, attend professional performances, vocal health advisement, and training techniques for quality singing. This will be accomplished by hosting an in-house choral clinic/concert, preparing students to participate in the Coda Concert Festival, and hosting a choral festival in Bishopville.
  • Pattison’s Academy: Therapeutic Summer Camp — This camp will provide physical, social, and cultural enrichment for approximately 50 children ages 3-25, with multiple severe disabilities. This program will build substantial and demonstrable life skills and improve the social development of our population.

These projects join nine additional projects funded during the 2018 and 2019 Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grant cycles. Entering their third year of funding are Abbeville County School District, Dillon School District Four, and Epworth Children’s Home. Entering their second year of funding are The Big Red Barn Retreat, Hampton School District One, South Carolina National Guard Foundation, and Williamsburg County School District.

Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld, Dean Felber, and Mark Bryan created the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation to support charities that were near and dear to their hearts, specifically those working to public education issues in South Carolina, the state that nurtured their aspirations from the beginning of their career.

Since the endowment’s creation in 2000, the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation has awarded more than $3.1 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.

Hootie & the Blowfish established their donor-advised fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ center for philanthropy, to strengthen the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation’s philanthropic efforts. The Community Foundation acts as a centralized point of contact for all grant requests and manages its grant administration, evaluation, outreach, and distribution.