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Needtobreathe Classic: Making life a ‘hole’ lot better

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The munificent and talented musical firm of Rinehart, Rinehart and Bolt is up to its old (and heartening) tricks again. The Needtobreathe boys – along with fellow musicians, professional athletes and golf enthusiasts – announced March 14 that they're getting together again on Tuesday, May 20 for this year’s “release” of the Needtobreathe Classic presented by Commonwealth Cares Foundation.

In between sold-out shows and gearing up for the April 15 release of their best-seller-to be “Rivers In The Wasteland,” Bear, Bo and Seth are back with a diverse collection of wannabe linksters for the annual golf tournament benefiting Charleston area nonprofit Palmetto Medical Initiative (“PMI”).

The South Carolina-based rockers are aiming to better the more than $100,000 they helped raise through last year’s tournament. And they're sure to have plenty of help if last year’s roster of celebrity duffers is any indication, including musicians, actors, former NFL and NCAA football coaches, hordes of professional athletes – and maybe even a professional golfer or two.

The nonprofit Initiative certainly puts the resources to good use, building sustainable medical clinics around the world, including Uganda and Nicaragua. This year’s tournament proceeds will benefit another East African clinic in Uganda, with work slated to begin in January 2015.

Bear Rinehart acknowledged the importance of PMI’s mission in the press release. “Investing in something bigger than oneself and one's talents is something we all have a quiet desire for but rarely get to experience.”

“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.”

PMI used the proceeds from last year’s Classic to construct a medical clinic in El Viejo, Nicaragua, which was dedicated in January 2014. The organization recently announced plans to expand its remarkable efforts into Burundi.

Registration is now open for the Needtobreathe Classic at http://www.commonwealthcares.org/needtobreathe-classic

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