What does $7.1 million mean to Hootie & the Blowfish? Everything, when you consider that’s how much money they’ve raised to benefit South Carolina education and junior golf through their annual Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am. Hear what it means to each of the band’s members – Mark Bryan, Darius Rucker, Dean Felber and Jim Sonefeld.
Jim “Soni” Sonefeld: Well, I’m so proud of that number. There were so many people involved, you know, down to the volunteers, to Empire Golf, or Empire Sports and everyone at Myrtle Beach. I’m just proud to be part of that number that, we hope, we’ll continue to give. That’s why we set it up and continue doing this, so, it can continue to go.
Mark Bryan: Yeah, I think more important than the number is what you said about how long that will last when you do it as an endowment like we’ve done, and set it up so that you can help programs over a long term, that kind of thing. That’s the exciting part about it, is the legacy that it’s leaving behind.
Dean Felber: We can, moving forward, influence and affect even more people in a positive way, whether it’s the junior golfer scholarships or in any way. That’s a good point to start from.
Darius Rucker: It’s just amazing the stuff we’ve gotten to do to help people. Like everybody else says, I just hope it continues to raise the money we’re getting to raise, and it’s a great feeling knowing that after we’re gone, we’ll still help people.