The concert series was started by local McDonald’s franchisee Enrico Francani motivated by two goals; to raise money to support Buffalo’s Ronald McDonald House and to create a deeper connection and level of engagement between the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the community. This year, raising funds for the Family Lounge & Happy Wheel Cart at John R. Oshei Children’s Hospital is also included in the show’s mission.
The series began in 2007 with the first concert featuring BJ Thomas. Since then, artists including Tony Bennett, the Jacksons and Kenny Rogers have been featured. Proceeds to-date for all the shows are in excess of $500,000!
All shows through 2017 were held at UB’s Center for the Arts. For 2018, the show has been moved to Shea’s Buffalo Theatre as we feature Violinist Lindsey Stirling’s The Wanderland Tour.
All of the shows have been supported and sponsored by a number of local businesses donating thousands of dollars to help ensure The Buffalo Ronald McDonald House can continue to do what it does best “Creating and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families”.
Past Shows and Special Guests
Concert with BJ Thomas
Concert with Tony Bennet
Concert featuring Liza Minelli
Concerts featuring Brian McKnight and Jon Secada
Concert featuring Temptations-Four Tops
Concert featuring Robin Thicke
Concert featuring Katharine McPhee
Concert featuring Boyz II Men
Concert featuring Jacksons
Concert featuring the return of Tony Bennet
Concert presenting Kenny Rogers