Musicians, professional athletes and golf enthusiasts will gather on Tuesday, May 20 for the NEEDTOBREATHE Classic presented by Commonwealth Cares Foundation. Registration is now open for the annual golf tournament benefiting Charleston area nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative (PMI). Atlantic recording group NEEDTOBREATHE – Bear Rinehart, Bo Rinehart and Seth Bolt – are long-time supporters of PMI and, last year, decided to lend their name to Commonwealth Cares Foundation’s annual golf tournament.
NEEDTOBREATHE raised more than $100,000 for PMI through last year’s tournament – which featured participation from fellow musicians, actors, former NFL and NCAA football coaches, and professional athletes, including players from the New York Yankees, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, NASCAR, and the PGA – as well as additional fundraising endeavors. PMI is building sustainable medical clinics around the world, including Uganda and Nicaragua, and recently announced plans to expand its efforts into Burundi. The proceeds from the 2013 NEEDTOBREATHE Classic were used to construct a medical clinic in El Viejo, Nicaragua, which was dedicated in January 2014. This year’s tournament proceeds will benefit another East African clinic in Uganda, with work slated to begin in January 2015.
“Investing in something bigger than oneself and one’s talents is something we all have a quiet desire for but rarely get to experience,” said Bear Rinehart of NEEDTOBREATHE. “My trip to Uganda with PMI in December 2011 was a small glimpse into the critical needs and important work that PMI is undertaking. PMI has done a brilliant job of not only asking the right questions, but also finding and committing to answers that work.”
Additional celebrity players including musicians, professional sports players and more will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch www.commonwealthcares.org and its social media networks for announcements. For registration or sponsorship opportunities, call 843-884-4545. NEEDTOBREATHE and other musicians will perform at an after-party concert for sponsors and players (separate VIP ticket available for purchase with golf registration).
South Carolina-based rock band NEEDTOBREATHE will release their latest album, Rivers In The Wasteland, on April 15. The band recently premiered their lead single “The Heart” with a nationally televised performance on TBS’ CONAN, and will kick off their North American headlining tour on May 1. Rivers In The Wasteland is the follow up to their 2011 acclaimed album The Reckoning, which caught the attention of The New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today, and saw the band make national television appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, and CONAN.
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About Commonwealth Financial Group
Commonwealth Financial Group is a comprehensive financial services firm based on Daniel Island with a vision to recreate the way financial services are provided and a philosophy that doing the right thing for the client is paramount. With three offices, including Daniel Island, Orangeburg and Raleigh, N.C., the firm brings a values-based approach, offerings clients independent advice through a consultative, team-oriented approach. For more information, call 888-858-5213 or visit www.commonwealthfg.com.
Founded in 2007, Commonwealth Cares Foundation is the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group, a Daniel Island-based financial services firm with a division focused on providing financial planning services to physicians and the medical community.