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McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Celebrates the Season with its first Holiday Experience Concert with Kirk Franklin, The Clark Sisters, Donald Lawrence and More

December 7, 2017

Holiday extravaganza benefits Ronald McDonald House Houston

OAK BROOK, Ill. (December 7, 2017) – McDonald’s USA announced it will close its 2017 multi-city Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour (ICGT) with the first-ever Holiday Experience Concert featuring a powerful line-up of gospel talent. The longest-running, brand-owned gospel music tour will bring the gift of music to the stage with multi-award winner Kirk Franklin, songbirds The Clark Sisters, music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, crooner Brian Courtney Wilson, and singing sensation Jekalyn Carr while radio personality and gospel artist Lonnie Hunter serves as host.
“I’m honored to be a part of such a unique experience and I can’t wait for the night of joy and praise to begin,” said Kirk Franklin, who was not on the docket for the national tour but joined especially for the Holiday Experience Concert.  “We will bring the community together for a holiday celebration through song while continuing to support Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).”
The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour Holiday Experience Concert will continue the tour’s nationwide fundraising to support RMHC mission: “Keeping families with sick children together and near the care and resources they need”.  The funds raised during the Holiday Experience Concert will be donated to the RMHC of Greater Houston/Galveston and the families they serve.  Over the past six years, the tour has raised approximately $761,000 for RMHC, enough to provide more than 6,300 overnight stays for families at Ronald McDonald Houses around the country.
“To be able to wrap up the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour with the Holiday Experience in Houston is an opportunity for us to give back to this resilient city and its people,” said Angie Blissett, U.S. Marketing Director, Brand Innovation for McDonald’s USA. “Our continued support of Ronald McDonald House Charities through this concert is also important for us, especially during this time of year, when families with sick children are looking for ways to stay as close as possible.”
The Holiday Experience Concert will be taking place on Thursday, December 14 at the Church Without Walls, 5725 Queenston Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. As always, the concerts are free of charge but admission tickets are required. Gospel music fans can visit to secure tickets. 

The 2017 multi-city ICGT “Unstoppable” tour made stops in 15 cities, including: Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The 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.
Visit to learn more about the 11th annual tour, the Holiday Experience Concert and McDonald’s 365Black initiative. Follow @365Black on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation using #365BlackGospel.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 290 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, RMHC helps families with sick children stay together, and close to 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, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC) or like RMHC on Facebook ( Global).


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