McDonald’s Gospel Tour Joins Taste of Soul Family Festival in October

McDonald’s is bringing its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour to the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival! Collage by Brian W. Carter
McDonald’s is bringing its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour to the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival! Collage by Brian W. Carter

McDonald’s is bringing its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour to the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival on October 17. Southern California McDonald’s will join local gospel choirs with today’s biggest names in gospel music for a day of fellowship and fun during the community festival.

Hosting the tour is Stellar-nominated artist and radio personality Lonnie Hunter. Joining him on stage will be music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, vocal powerhouse Yolanda Adams, the “Rose of Gospel” Dorinda Clark-Cole, the incomparable choral-master Ricky Dillard, urban inspirational artist DeWayne Woods, Stellar Award nominee and BET’s Sunday Best season six winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and Christian comedienne Small Fire.

“In L.A. McDonald’s has a long history with gospel,” said McDonald’s franchise owner/operator Reggie Webb, former chair of the Southern California Black McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

“We’ve put on a gospel fest for 19 consecutive years. Lindsay Hughes, an operator here, ran it for 19 years. And then, we started the Inspiration Gospel Celebration, [which] has grown every year.”

Back for its ninth year, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour focuses on the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). In recognition of the Charity’s 41st anniversary, this year concertgoers will have the opportunity to learn about RMHC and the important role it plays in helping families heal and thrive in their local community and worldwide.

“African Americans use all of the McDonald houses in Metropolitan Los Angeles to a greater percentage than we are a percentage of the population,” Webb explained.

“Our kids are more sick than the general population so more of our families are able to take advantage of the Ronald McDonald houses they can stay close to, to support their children while their children are being treated at children’s hospitals around the area for these very debilitating diseases…”

Attendees will also be encouraged to support Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California by donating to help local families served by the Charity.

“Southern California McDonald’s is overjoyed to bring a little lovin’ to the Crenshaw community through the 2015 Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour,” said Clay Paschen III, McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC).

“The tour is just one way we are able to build on the support we provide to our local communities, as well as give back a little more lovin’ to our local Ronald McDonald House chapter.”

Locally, BMOA collectively and individually supports RMHCSC and its six Ronald McDonald Houses, the RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship Program, and the community grants board – which has awarded funding to organizations like Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation, Challenger’s Boys and Girls Club, and the Brotherhood Crusade get funding from RMHCSC’s community grants board.

“Our local owner/operators are passionate about being an integral part of the communities we serve,” said Kiana Webb-Severlough, president of Southern California’s Black McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association. “Being able to bring the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour to the community is just one example of the commitment we have to impacting our customers 365 days of the year.”

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Source: LA Sentinel

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