The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour, the longest-running, brand-owned gospel tour of its kind is back for its 12th year with an award-winning talent line-up. The free concert tour begins May 17 and runs until October 22.
The lineup includes urban contemporary gospel artist and preacher Deitrick Haddon, choir master Ricky Dillard, contemporary artists, JJ Hairston, LeAndria Johnson and Todd Dulaney, as well as hip-hop gospel artist Canton Jones.
As with previous years, the tour will celebrate McDonald’s continued devotion to Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). At each stop, the national tour will raise a love offering to support families served by the Charity. In just the last five years, the love offering has raised nearly $800,000 to aid in helping families stay close when their children are ill, raising nearly a quarter of a million dollars in 2017 alone.
The tour is just one way that McDonald’s displays its commitment to changing for the better. In fact, for nearly 50 years, the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association (NBMOA) has given back to the communities they serve by providing scholarships, donating time and money to local schools and hiring minority youth.
As a new part of the tour, McDonald’s will award one HBCU college student with a $10,000 Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarship at a select tour stop during the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. This is one of five scholarship McDonald’s is sponsoring throughout the year. More information regarding the scholarships will be available on www.mcdonalds.com.
“The annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is so important to us as a brand. It allows us to further connect with the community as we empower one another to make a difference,” said McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Hazel Smith. “Plus, we create a platform for our neighbors to join us in helping families stay close when their children are ill by raising donations for those served by local RMHC Chapters.”
“It’s a privilege to be part of the tour I’ve watched and admired over the years. McDonald’s is doing something incredible by giving back to the community through a dynamic gospel tour. Getting behind this was a must,” said JJ Hairston, an award-winning, first-time artist on McDonald’s Celebration Inspiration Gospel Tour.
Legendary singer, songwriter and producer, Donald Lawrence will return as the tour’s music director. Tour favorite, contemporary gospel artist and radio personality Lonnie Hunter resumes hosting duties. As always, all concerts are free of charge. Visit www.365Black.com to secure tickets . Here are the tour dates and locations:
May 17 – Chicago, Apostolic Church of God
May 18 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple
May 31 – Philadelphia, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church East
June 1 – Washington, DC, City of Praise Family Ministries
June 8 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church
July 12 – Birmingham, Bill Harris Arena
July 13 – Atlanta, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral
August 9 – Memphis, Brown Baptist Church
August 10 – Jackson, Jackson Convention Complex
August 18 – New Orleans, TBD
August 31 – Dallas, The Potter’s House
October 20 – Los Angeles, Taste of Soul Family Festival (TBD)
Visit www.365Black.com to learn more about the 12th annual tour and McDonald’s scholarship opportunities.