McDonald's and Gospel Music Superstars Announce Concert Tour to Give Back to Communities Nationwide

 McDonald's and Gospel Music Superstars Announce Concert Tour to Give Back to
                            Communities Nationwide

Thousands of consumers will enjoy inspirational and uplifting messages, as
three generations of artists share stage for annual tour

PR Newswire

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 25, 2013

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Three generations of gospel
music's finest are teaming with McDonald's to give back to communities
nationwide through the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.
Headlined by Grammy-winning gospel sensation Smokie Norful, the concert series
offers an assortment of soulful sounds through contemporary gospel with Tamela
Mann, hip-hop with Lecrae and traditional/contemporary gospel with John P. Kee
and Vickie Winans. McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour kicks off
May 9 and runs through August 30.






"I'm elated to again headline the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel
Tour," said Norful. "From sharing some of my new music to introducing my son
Ashton's career on the tour, this is a phenomenal season in life. And, I'm
excited to share it with fans across the nation, all in an effort to give

Now in its seventh year, McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour
emphasizes the importance of giving back. As a part of each show, concertgoers
will learn more about Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) and the
important role it plays in helping families and children worldwide. Attendees
will also have an opportunity to participate in a love offering to support
families served by the Charity, including those in their community.

"Giving back to those around us is crucial, especially with the recent tough
times our families and communities have faced," said Winans, who will also
host each concert. "Now more than ever, our communities need to know we are
there for them, and that's something the McDonald's Inspiration Celebration
Gospel Tour has set out to do. I'm honored to take part in the cause, and I
look forward to bringing joy and laughter to everyone who attends the

"I'm humbled to share the stage with legendary gospel artists," said Lecrae,
who won the 2013 Grammy for Best Gospel Album. "It's amazing to see a classic
brand like McDonald's stand behind a message that's needed in communities
everywhere. Gospel fans are in for an experience I believe they'll talk about
long after the tour."

The multi-city tour will make stops in nine markets, including: Atlanta,
Birmingham, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Louisville, Newark, Philadelphia and
Washington, D.C. Concerts are free, with the exception of the May 11 show in
Newark, which is part of McDonald's Gospelfest.

"For generations, McDonald's has continued its efforts to be deeply rooted —
and invested — in the areas we serve, both in restaurants and in the
community," said Rob Jackson, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "McDonald's
is committed to giving back and we're honored to bring messages of joy and
hope to thousands of our neighbors."

Tour dates and locations include:

  oMay 9 – Washington, D.C., Ebenezer AME Church
  oMay 10 – Philadelphia, Sharon Baptist Church
  oMay 11 – Newark, McDonald's Gospelfest - Prudential Center
  oJune 6 – Birmingham, Bill Harris Arena
  oJune 7 – Atlanta, Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church
  oJune 21 – Detroit, Second Ebenezer Baptist Church
  oJune 22 – Chicago, Chicago Gospel Music Festival
  oJuly 3 – Louisville, Full Gospel Baptist Conference
  oAugust 30 – Dallas, MegaFest

McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is an extension of the
company's 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and
achievements of American-Americans year round. Consumers can visit to learn more about the tour. Sponsors of the 2013 McDonald's
Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour include Dr Pepper® and EBONY® Collections.

About McDonald's

McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States
offering a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more
than 26 million customers every day.Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000
U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local businessmen and
women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,500
participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information,
visit, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and Facebook
( for updates on our business, promotions and menu

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. Through its global network of local
Chapters in 57 countries and regions, its three core programs, theRonald
McDonald House®,Ronald McDonald Family Room®andRonald McDonald Care
Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs
worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get
and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-operated and supported
programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and
families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more
information,, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC) or like RMHC
on Facebook ( Global).

The following trademarks used herein are owned by McDonald's Corporation and
its affiliates: 365Black, Inspiration Celebration, McDonald's, RMHC and Ronald
McDonald House Charities. ©2013 McDonald's


Contact: Beletra Atwaters, McDonald's USA,, (630)
623-2901; or Paris Ivory, Burrell Communications,, (312)
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