Our Story…

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. In 2018, the show  moved to Shea’s Buffalo Theatre as we featured Violinist Lindsey Stirling’s The Wanderland Tour.

We are excited to expand our celebration in 2019 to include A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE, which will be performed onstage at the Riviera Theatre. Visit https://www.acharliebrownchristmaslive.com/ for more information about the show.

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

2007

Concert with BJ Thomas

2007 BJ Thomas

2008

Concert with Tony Bennet

2008 Tony Bennet

2009

Concert featuring Liza Minelli

Liza Minnelli 2009

2010

Concerts featuring Brian McKnight and Jon Secada

2011

Concert featuring Temptations-Four Tops

2012

Concert featuring Robin Thicke

2013

Concert featuring Katharine McPhee

2014

Concert featuring Boyz II Men

2015

Concert featuring Jacksons

2016

Concert featuring the return of Tony Bennet

2017

Concert presenting Kenny Rogers

2018

Concert presenting Lindsey Stirling

Wanderland tour