« Back McDonald’s Continues to Extend Service into the Community with the 11th Annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Line-up for free concert series supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities includes Tye Tribbett, Donald Lawrence, Brian Courtney Wilson and many more Share OAK BROOK, Ill. – McDonald’s USA announced the return of one of its staple events, the 11th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. The long-running brand owned gospel music tour is back with a powerful line-up sure to please fans nationwide. Gospel superstar and multi-award winner Tye Tribbett is joined on this year’s tour by returning music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, legendary pastor and singer Bishop Paul S. Morton, singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson, songbird Anita Wilson, singing sensation Jekalyn Carr, as well as renowned quartet voice Paul Porter. Christian comedienne Small Fire will again bring the laughter while radio personality and gospel artist Lonnie Hunter resumes hosting duties. Prominent gospel singer, pastor and choir director Hezekiah Walker will also join the tour in select cities. Beginning May 10 and running through October 21, this free concert series will bring communities hope and inspiration through song and comedy. “To hear about this tour over the years and to now be a part of it is truly amazing. I’m so honored," said Tye Tribbett, one of gospel tour’s energetic artists. “Not only will I be joining so many of my favorite gospel peers, but together we’ll get a chance to uplift attendees across the nation while supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities. I’m ready for a good time filled with love and inspiration!” Year after year, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour stresses the importance of giving back to the community and supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®). Over the last five years alone, the tour has raised approximately $510,500, enough to provide more than 6,300 nights at Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. Concertgoers will learn more about how RMHC gives families with sick children what they need most – each other. "For over a decade, the brand has had the opportunity to touch so many communities through inspirational music and laughter. We are so excited to raise the bar and bring this one-of-a-kind experience to three additional markets in 2017 ," said Angie Blissett, Marketing Director, McDonald's USA. "Not only is there an amazing lineup of performers but the tour will continue to raise donations for RMHC benefiting families in need." As always, all concerts are free of charge. Eager fans can visit www.365Black.com to secure tickets. McDonald’s continues to dedicate time to serving the communities we serve and operate in. Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is one of the many programs throughout the U.S. where our neighbors can engage with the brand through a unique experience outside of our restaurants and in the heart of the community. The multi-city tour will make stops in 15 markets, including: Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Greensboro, Jackson, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Raleigh, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Tour dates and locations include: · May 10 – Detroit, Greater Grace Temple · May 11 – Chicago, House of Hope · June 7 – Charlotte, The Park Church · June 8 – Greensboro, Mt. Zion Baptist Church · June 9 – Raleigh, Wake Chapel Church · June 30 – Dallas, TD Jakes’ MegaFest · August 18 – St. Louis, Friendly Temple MB Church · August 31 – Memphis, Brown Baptist Church · September 1 – Jackson, Jackson Convention Center · September 2 – New Orleans, Greater St. Stephens Church · September 14 – Atlanta, The House of Hope Atlanta · September 15 – Birmingham, Cathedral of the Cross AOH · September 21 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church · September 22 – Philadelphia, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church East · October 21 – Los Angeles, Taste of Soul Family Festival McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the brand’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Dr Pepper® also returns as the tour’s sponsor, showing its appreciation and commitment to the African-American community. Visit www.365Black.com to learn more about the 11th annual tour and McDonald’s 365Black initiative. Follow @365Black on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation using #365BlackGospel. # # # About McDonald's McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to approximately 27 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @365Black and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit www.365Black.com. About Ronald McDonald House Charities Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of 290 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, RMHC keeps families with sick children close to each other and the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit www.rmhc.org, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC) or like RMHC on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global). About Dr Pepper Dr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is the oldest major soft drink in the United States. 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