Hootie & The Blowfish may not be an active band anymore, but their charitable foundation is still rocking the nation. South Carolina news station WPDE reported on Wednesday that the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation has donated $90,000 to three different youth programs in the state.
One donation went to the choral program at Dillon School District Four, so that they can afford to send its members to performances and competitions, and also purchase new materials for the school district's music classes. Another went to Abbeville County School District, to make it possible for the district to purchase musical instruments for students who are interested in the school band.
And the third grant was issued to Epworth Family Care Center, part of Epworth Children's Home in Columbia, South Carolina, which makes it possible for mothers to stay with their children while the mother is being treated for substance abuse.
Hootie and the Blowfish have been on hiatus since 2008, with lead singer Darius Rucker having moved on to a solo career in country music (and winning a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance). The band got back together for a one-off performance on the last episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in 2015, at which time Rucker teased a reunion, but nothing has materialized yet. But even though the band isn't actively recording and touring anymore, they have continued to work on their charity efforts.
The Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation was established in 2000 so the band members could give back to good causes. Their particular focus is on public education issues in their home state of South Carolina, though over the last 18 years they've also supported other charities not only in the United States but around the world. WPDE estimated Wednesday that the foundation has distributed more than $2.9 million dollars in grants so far. For more information on the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation, or to donate, visit their website.
The Grammy Award-winning band also headlined their 16th annual Homegrown concert, which raises money for South Carolina schools, in August. Hopefully, they will get back together for new music at some point, but they have certainly gone above and beyond off stage.
For more on Hootie & The Blowfish, including tickets to their upcoming events, visit their band page at AXS.