In celebration of the 13th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, the company will honor personalities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. To date, this year’s roster of remarkable honorees include: legendary R&B singer Toni Braxton, NFL athlete Charles Tillman, historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Larry Triplett. Additionally, 13-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, NM and 16-year-old Lauren Seroyer of Lawrenceville, GA, will be recognized alongside this lineup with McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, a category designed for consumers to nominate exceptional teens striving to better their community. Hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress Amber Riley, the awards show will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, during the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca Cola® in New Orleans.
McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. McDonald’s 365Black Awards show is known for drawing a number of top celebrity attendees, many of whom will grace the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony. Surprise musical performers and presenters will make this highly-anticipated show a not-to-be missed event.
We are excited to recognize these outstanding individuals for their incomparable contributions to the community, said William Rhodes, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. Like our honorees, McDonald’s is committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve 365 days a year. We strive to continually create positive platforms, such as the 365Black Awards, that bring social awareness to areas that are important to our customers.