Gospel artists inspire during tour

June 23, 2016 in Entertainment, Religion

Proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald Houses in Jackson, other cities

Mississippi Link Newswire

Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sherd and Donald Lawerence performed during the concert last week.  PHOTOS BY JAY JOHNSON

Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark Sherd and Donald Lawerence performed during the concert last week. PHOTOS BY JAY JOHNSON

McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour made its triumphant 10th year return to Jackson last week when gospel artists performed June 16 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

The tour is the longest-running brand owned gospel tour.

The line-up for this year’s diamond anniversary featured the return of music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, legendary gospel singer Bishop Marvin Sapp, songwriter and vocal powerhouse Karen Clark-Sheard, award-winning Pastor Charles Jenkins, Christian rapping sensation Canton Jones, gospel crooner Jonathan McReynolds and famed Williams Brothers member Doug Williams.

Back by popular demand, award-winning gospel artist Lonnie Hunter once again resumed hosting duties while Christian comedienne Small Fire kept the crowd roaring with laughter.

The tour continues in cities across the nation until Oct. 25.

As with past years, McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour highlights the importance of giving back to the community by supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities. During each tour stop, attendees learn more about the charity and the vital role it plays in helping families stay close to their ill or injured children. The concert is free, but donations are collected during the event.

There is a Ronald McDonald House in Jackson. One local family whose son was born prematurely shared their gratefulness to the audience for being able to use Jackson facility.  Families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House are able to spend more time with their sick child and participate in critical medical care decisions for their treatment and recovery.

Over the years, the tour has helped raise more than $351,000 for local RMHC Chapters which helped to provide over 4,300 free nights for families to stay at Ronald McDonald Houses.

“McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has allowed so many families to stay close to their sick children. The generous donations raised at each tour stop help alleviate some of the stress that comes with finding accommodations near a local children’s hospital,” said Jennifer Smith, chief marketing officer, RMHC Global.

Visit www.365Black.com to learn more about the 10th annual tour and McDonald’s 365Black initiative. Follow @365Black on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation using #365BlackGospel.

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A local family shared their story of staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Jackson during their son’s illness.

A local family shared their story of staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Jackson
during their son’s illness.

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