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Covelli Centre first stop on `Make a Difference Tour’

May 13, 2010 - Andy Gray

Several top contemporary Christian acts and best-selling author Max Lucado will hit the road for the “Make a Difference Tour 2010,” and Youngstown’s Covelli Centre is the place where the journey will start.

The concert is set for Sept. 30 at the downtown arena, the first of 20 dates on the tour. No ticket information has been released yet.

Below is the text of the press release, pulled from Third Day’s Web site:

NASHVILLE, TN—May 12, 2010—World Vision and AEG Live announce the “Make A Difference Tour 2010” featuring New York Times best-selling author Max Lucado and some of the top names in the Christian music industry—GRAMMY® award-winning recording artists TobyMac, Michael W. Smith and Third Day. Inspired by the themes of Lucado’s forthcoming book, Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference (Thomas Nelson, September 2010), the “Make A Difference Tour 2010” will kick off Sept. 30, in Youngstown, Ohio, and hit arenas in 20 cities through the end of October.

AEG Live, a leading provider of live entertainment around the world, is producer for the “Make A Difference Tour 2010” and World Vision, an international humanitarian agency, is the tour sponsor. The tour has also partnered with, a leading online destination for Christian music fans, for exclusive video content, tour news and more.

The “Make A Difference Tour 2010” will make a difference for children by helping to raise up sponsors for 25,000 children through World Vision. Lucado set the goal last year in honor of his 25th year of publishing in 2010; he is donating 100% of author royalties from all Outlive Your Life products to benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion.

Lucado sees big things happening because of the tour: “Partnering with World Vision, TobyMac, Michael and Third Day is a real privilege and pleasure. None of us can help everyone, but all of us can help someone. And when we serve the poor, we serve God.  Who would want to miss a chance to do that?”

“The ‘Make A Difference Tour 2010’ is different by design,” says Jenny Lockwald, Channel/Product Executive Director for World Vision. “The focus of the tour is to encourage people to look beyond themselves, to turn outward and to make a difference on behalf of friends, neighbors, their community and the world. We are honored to be partnering in this endeavor with Max Lucado and this amazing group of artists.”

“This marks a first for these four artists to tour together,” says Steve Moore, Senior Vice President, AEG Live / MEG. “Max, Michael, Toby and the men of Third Day all agree this message is the perfect rallying point, and that making a difference for others is a lifelong commitment they all share."


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