Superlatives Class of 2015

Biggest Heart

While there are many nonprofit organizations throughout Rhode Island raising money for myriad worthy causes, we haven’t come across one with a model quite so unique as Hands That Rock. …

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While there are many nonprofit organizations throughout Rhode Island raising money for myriad worthy causes, we haven’t come across one with a model quite so unique as Hands That Rock. Founder Darcy Lynch is in the massage business by day with Stage Hands Massage, providing relaxation therapy to performers before they go on stage. Observing the legions of fans who flocked to the big music festivals where she was working, Darcy was struck by an idea: offer chair massages to audience members for a small fee, and use the proceeds to support arts and music related charities. Thus, Hands That Rock was born. “We thought it was a grand concept, but would the rest of the entertainment world agree? When we started to ask concert promoters if they would be interested in hosting our charity services, they were collectively blown away,” recalls Darcy. “Festival after festival signed up. It was at that point that we knew this would succeed.” The 501(c)3 nonprofit worked 30 events in its first year (2012) and raised $12,000. Last year, they rocked over 50 events, enabling them to donate $48,000 to programs like MusiCares, Music for Relief and the Metal Heart Foundation. Darcy truly has found the right touch.