Sixth Annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic Benefiting OneWorld Health Sells Out Weeks in Advance

April 4, 2018

More than a month before the first team tees off, the sixth annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic sold out its April 23 event at the Daniel Island Club.

The annual charity event, started by Commonwealth Cares Foundation, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for OneWorld Health, a Charleston-based nonprofit whose vision is to empower communities around the world to achieve long-term improvements in health and quality of life.

Each year, the NEEDTOBREATHE Classic brings together musicians, professional athletes and actors for a day of golf followed by an after-party concert and silent auction. NEEDTOBREATHE band members include Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar), Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals).

Also scheduled to participate in this year’s NEEDTOBREATHE Classic are:

  • Judah Akers, Judah and the Lion
  • Rachel Barbibeau, sportscaster
  • Tommy Barnhardt, former NFL punter
  • Rick Barry, NBA Hall of Famer
  • Tajh Boyd, former Clemson University quarterback
  • Brian Bratton, former CFL receiver
  • Mark Bryan, Hootie & the Blowfish
  • Phillip Crosby, former NFL fullback
  • Devin Dawson, recording artist
  • Dean Felber, Hootie & the Blowfish
  • Marcus Edmond, former Clemson University cornerback
  • Grant Fuhr, NFL Hall of Famer
  • D.J. Greenlee, former Clemson University linebacker
  • Hunter Hayes, recording artist
  • Barrett Jones, former NFL guard
  • Bobby Jones, former NBA star
  • David Leonard, All Sons & Daughters
  • Chris Manhertz, Carolina Panthers
  • Ed Marinaro, actor and former NFL player
  • Jon McLaughlin, recording artist
  • John Mark McMillan, recording artist
  • Corey Miller, former NFL linebacker
  • David Nail, recording artist
  • Jeff Petry, NHL – Montreal Canadians
  • Sterling Sharpe, former NFL receiver
  • Connor Shaw, former University of South Carolina quarterback
  • James “Bonecrusher” Smith, former professional boxer
  • Kevin Sorbo, actor
  • Adley Stump, actress
  • TobyMac, recording artist
  • Tyler Thigpen, former NFL quarterback
  • Gus Williams, former NBA star
  • Tony Womack, former MLB player
  • Kevin Youngblood, former NFL receiver

Grammy-nominated NEEDTOBREATHE partnered with Commonwealth Cares Foundation in 2013, lending its name to the annual golf tournament and adding a musical concert with the mission of raising funds and increasing awareness for OneWorld Health.

NEEDTOBREATHE, which has roots in South Carolina, is a long-time partner of OneWorld Health. Band members have traveled with OneWorld Health to Africa and Central America. To date, the band has raised more than $1 million for OneWorld Health through fan donations, ticket sales and the annual golf classic.

In 2017, band members were in Tola, Nicaragua, for the grand opening of the first NEEDTOBREATHE Medical Center. This year, they opened a second named medical clinic in Jinotega, Nicaragua. This clinic serves both the urban population and the mountainous region surrounding Jinotega where health care services are largely absent. The medical center in Jinotega is projected to serve more than 160,000 patients over 20 years.

“We’re extremely proud to host the sixth annual NEEDTOBREATHE Classic. We’re humbled by the opportunity to partner with OneWorld Health and Commonwealth Cares once again, working to have an impact on the families and individuals seeking medical care in Nicaragua and Uganda,” said NEEDTOBREATHE.

“Partnering with NEEDTOBREATHE on this annual golf tournament has allowed us to elevate the work of OneWorld Health in bringing life-saving medical care to populations in need,” said Britt Gilbert, founder of Commonwealth Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Commonwealth Financial Group on Daniel Island. “Each year we are truly in awe of the athletes and musicians who give up their time to support our passion for OneWorld Health and its global health care mission.”

Since opening its first sustainable medical center in January 2011, OneWorld Health has now provided care to nearly 150,000 patients in Uganda and Nicaragua. It plans to have 20 health centers in those two countries by 2020.

“Through our partnership we have been able to implement new medical facilities that can now meet the most basic health care needs, paving the way for sustainable care and improved quality of life,” ­­said Michael O’Neal, executive director of OneWorld Health.

Founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3), 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 Myrtle Beach, S.C. The firm brings a values-based philosophy, offering clients independent advice through a consultative, team-oriented approach. For more information, visit

NEEDTOBREATHE is a GRAMMY-nominated rock band hailing from South Carolina, comprised of brothers Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals). Their most recent album H A R D L O V E released in 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Albums, Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts and #2 on the Billboard 200, their greatest debut yet.


H A R D L O V E is the follow-up to 2014’s Rivers In the Wasteland, which debuted at #3 overall on the Billboard 200 and spawned the RIAA-certified Gold single “Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw).” The hit earned the group their first GRAMMY nomination as well as a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations.

NEEDTOBREATHE, well known for the aggressive touring schedule and impressive live show, celebrated three consecutive sold out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as sell outs at Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), Ascend Amphitheatre (Nashville), Aragon Ballroom (Chicago), Verizon Theatre (DFW) and more.

NEEDTOBREATHE will release their 4-track EP – Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions) – on July 13 and embark on the 35+ city “Forever On Your Side Tour” this summer and fall. For more information, visit

Our vision is to see impoverished communities take ownership in a sustainable healthcare model, so that they become empowered to bring about long-term change and tangible improvements in their health and quality of life. Our mission is to provide quality, affordable healthcare to people in need. We have developed a model that provides affordable health care to the communities who need it most and does not require ongoing support to keep the doors open. Each OneWorld Health medical center offers a full scope of healthcare services to the community, delivered by trained nationals and offered at a price point that is affordable to the overwhelming majority of the population. Patient fees offset the costs of running the clinic, eventually meeting or exceeding the total monthly operating costs. For more information, visit