Victoria Beaty, Bandy Carroll Hellige
Jennifer Darby, Youth & Family Programs Director




Sunday will also be free for Summer Celebration attendees


INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Black Expo announced today that McDonald’s® Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour will take place on Sunday, July 19th at 3:00 PM as part of the 45th Summer Celebration.  The lineup features celebrated and talented gospel acts, including music director and songwriter Donald Lawrence, evangelist and the “Rose of Gospel” Dorinda Clark-Cole, the incomparable choral-master Ricky Dillard, urban inspirational artist DeWayne Woods, Stellar Award nominee and BET Network’s “Sunday Best” season six winner Tasha Page Page-Lockhart and Christian comedienne Small Fire all sharing one stage.  Stellar Award winning artist and radio personality Lonnie Hunter will host the show. 


“We are excited about the opportunity to host McDonald’s national gospel tour during our 45th Summer Celebration,” said Tanya Bell, IBE President & CEO.  “McDonald’s has been a longtime partner of Indiana Black Expo.  With our guests from the AME Church Quadrennial Convention that will also be housed inside the Indiana Convention Center during Summer Celebration, the timing of the gospel show could not be better.  We also decided to have free admission into the exhibition hall on Sunday, July 19th to support our exhibitors and give back to the community,” added Tanya Bell.


“At McDonald’s, we understand the importance of supporting the community in which we operate,”said James Poore, McDonald’s of Central Indiana Owner-Operator and RMHC® of Central Indiana Board Member.  “We are committed to giving back in our local communities and we look forward to bringing people together to enjoy inspirational music while highlighting our charity of choice Ronald McDonald House Charities®.”


The concert is free of charge.  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® is a tour sponsor, showing its appreciation and commitment to the African-American community.


To learn more about the tour and the 365 Black initiative, visit Follow @365Black and @MyIndyMcDonalds on Twitter for tour updates and join the conversation at #365BlackGospel.  Visit
for the complete calendar of events, to purchase tickets to Summer Celebration events and to book your hotel. For additional information, call 317.925.2702.


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 on line for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @MyIndyMcDonalds and @365Black and Facebook  To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit


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 60 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald CareMobile®, 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 access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit, follow RMHC on Twitter (@RMHC) or like RMHC on Facebook ( Global).


About Indiana Black Expo, Inc.

Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with 12 chapters across the State of Indiana.   IBE is known for its primary fundraisers, Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic®.  IBE provides year round youth and family programs, including its Your Media Institute, College & Scholarship Fair, Circle City Classic® Scholarship Fund, State of Our Black Youth Initiative, Your Life Matters® Initiative, Education Conference, Youth Leadership Summit, Parent Leadership Academy, Circle City Classic® Coronation and others.




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