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Love was certainly in the air at the Darius Rucker Singing Frank Sinatra show to benefit MUSC Children’s Hospital on February 13. The sold-out show brought over two thousand enthusiastic Rucker fans to the Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, and the building was positively buzzing as guests and their dates waited for Rucker and the big band to take the stage.

Attendees packed into the VIP party before the concert, where it was a veritable who’s-who. While most people spent a good part of the cocktail hour craning their necks for a glimpse of football legend Dan Marino, the crowd offered plenty of people-watching. Guests and their dates stepped out in their pre-Valentine’s Day finery, and the room was awash with sequins and furs as people literally rubbed elbows in the crowded space as they enjoyed pasta, crab cakes, meatballs, roast beef, and an extensive cheese platter. The savory snacks gave way to sweets, delicious tiny cake bites, and then the mass migration into the concert hall began.

Rucker took the stage to wild applause alongside a host of Charleston’s talented local musicians, and immediately kicked into several Sinatra songs. His voice carried throughout the room, and guests were quickly swept up in the magic of the show. Rucker belted out such beloved tunes as Fly Me to the Moon, Luck Be a Lady, New York, New York, The Lady Is a Tramp, and That’s Life, but he surprised fans with a beautiful, stirring rendition of Hootie and the Blowfish favorite Let Her Cry.

The lights came up and MUSC’s Dr. Greenberg and Dr. Charles Darby presented Rucker with his own white coat in honor of his commitment and generosity to MUSC Children’s Hospital throughout the years. Darius Rucker has been a champion for MUSC Children’s Hospital, where his mother was a long-time employee, and as they crowd came to their feet in a standing ovation, Beth Rucker joined her husband on stage to present the check for the total amount raised by the evening’s concert: an incredible $260,000.

The Darius Rucker Singing Frank Sinatra show benefited the MUSC Children’s Hospital, recently named one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States. the MUSC Children's Hospital is dedicated to enhancing the health of children throughout South Carolina, and to providing an environment that supports excellence in pediatric patient care, teaching, and research.