Commonwealth Cares Foundation Announces 2016 NEEDTOBREATHE Classic Golf Tournament on Daniel Island

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – Musicians, professional athletes and other celebrities will gather for the fourth annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic golf tournament on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Daniel Island Club. This annual event is hosted by Commonwealth Cares Foundation and South Carolina-based band NEEDTOBREATHE.

The 2015 tournament netted $110,000 for Charleston-based nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative, which builds self-sustaining medical clinics in areas dramatically in need of affordable, quality health care. In 2014, PMI launched its 20 by 20 campaign – a plan to have 20 medical centers by 2020. Most of those will be in Uganda and Nicaragua with the goal of blanketing a particular area and elevating care for an entire region. The money raised at the 2015 NEEDTOBREATHE Classic will benefit PMI’s 20 by 20 campaign.

Each year, Grammy Award-nominated rock ‘n’ roll band NEEDTOBREATHE and the Commonwealth Cares Foundation put together a day of celebrity golf and an evening of music featuring a concert by NEEDTOBREATHE and other musicians.

This year’s participants included Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, musicians David Crowder, John Mark McMillian, David Nail, Duncan Sheik and Ben Rector, PGA golfers Russell Henley and Kevin Streelman along with New York Jets player Tajh Boyd and Mason Crosby from the Green Bay Packers.

“To see how our local community and celebrities from across the country gather for this golf tournament is truly amazing,” said Britt Gilbert, president and CEO of Commonwealth Financial Group, which started the Commonwealth Cares Foundation as its charitable division. “Many of the people who join us for this event will never make it to Uganda or Nicaragua, but they can feel good knowing their donations and support are literally saving lives and giving people around the world hope for a healthy future.”

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Alexa Devine Harnig of Empire Sports Management at 843-343-7451. Visit to sign up for email updates on registration and celebrity player announcements.

About Commonwealth Cares Foundation

Founded in 2007, Commonwealth Cares Foundation is the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group, a Daniel Island-based comprehensive financial services firm with a division focused on providing financial planning services to physicians and the medical community. Commonwealth also has offices in Orangeburg and Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Raleigh, N.C. The firm brings a values-based philosophy, offering clients independent advice through a consultative, team-oriented approach. For more information, call 888-858-5213 or visit


NEEDTOBREATHE is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll Band from South Carolina, effortlessly woven from the musical traditions and faith of their upbringing in the Deep South of the United States. Made up of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), as well as Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), the band hit their big break in 2005 when they signed to Atlantic/Word Records. The career to follow would include four full studio albums, chart-topping cross-genre success, multiple headlining tours and media coverage on CONAN, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, MTV, FOX and much more. The band’s critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Rivers In the Wasteland was released on April 15, 2014, and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.

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