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Premier Foundation Receives GMA Honor for Charity Work

By March 20, 2019No Comments

Premier Foundation, the charitable arm of Premier Productions and its sister companies, has been selected as a 2019 Gospel Music Association Honoree. The foundation is an international Christian non-profit organization committed to being a voice for the disadvantaged. It exists to love and serve the impoverished by meeting their physical, spiritual, educational, social and emotional needs; thus, empowering them to be agents of change in their own communities.

Headquartered in South Carolina and led by Premier Foundation President Gene Krcelic and Vice President of Operations Rebekah Gregory, the foundation reaches worldwide through generous gifts and creative partnerships. Premier Foundation transforms communities in need by stewarding, multiplying and bringing resources and God’s love to remote corners of the world. Since inception in 1998 by Roy Morgan and Gary Gentry of Premier Productions, Premier Vacations & Events and Premier Festivals, the organization has granted over $4,000,000 to impact lives wordwide.

Premier’s unique success stems from a rare willingness to meet needs “regardless of who gets the credit,” aligning with ministries, charities, Christian concerts, and other Christ-centered events worldwide as well as strategic partnerships with groups, including Family Christian Ministries (formerly James Fund), K-LOVE, World Vision, Kids Around the World, Motor Racing Outreach, local churches, and over 800 Christian radio stations nationwide.

The GMA (Gospel Music Association) Foundation along with partners Christian Healthcare Ministries and CCLI recently announced its inductees and honorees for the 6th Annual GMA Honors and Hall of Fame Ceremony set for Wednesday, May 8, 2018 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

This year’s GMA Hall of Fame inductees include legendary CCM artist Don Moen, President and CEO of New Day Christian Distributors Dottie Leonard Miller, southern gospel artist Janet Paschal and GRAMMY® award-winning gospel singer Tramaine Hawkins. The event also honors individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year’s honorees include Don Finto for Caleb Company, LaDonna Boyd for R. H. Boyd Family Endowment Fund; Roy Morgan, Gary Gentry and Gene Krcelic for Premier Foundation and country group Rascal Flatts. In addition to the inductees and honorees, hit songwriter Laurie Klein will receive the CCLI Milestone Award for her song, “I Love You Lord.” Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For ticket and table sponsorship information, please visit

“This year marks our 6th Annual GMA Honors Celebration,” GMA President and Executive Director Jackie Patillo says. “The Gospel Music Association and our partners, Christian Healthcare Ministries and CCLI, are delighted to celebrate our deserving inductees and honorees who are true heroes of the faith. Those being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame will forever be acknowledged as musical innovators and the architects of our industry. We are proud to recognize each honoree for their commitment to stretch beyond themselves to make the world a better place.”

For 40 years, the GMA Foundation has honored well-deserving individuals and groups through an annual induction ceremony into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.  Artists are eligible for inclusion in the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame after 25 years of participation in music and ministry. Nominees are chosen by GMA’s Hall Of Fame Committee which is comprised of historians & industry leaders from the various gospel music genres. Inductees are selected by electors from across the industry in four categories: CCM, Gospel, Southern Gospel and Non-Performing. Nominees can be submitted year-round for consideration by the public at

The event also celebrates current individuals and organizations within the Gospel music community that are making significant contributions to the world through their humanitarian efforts as well as their talents. Read full bios for the inductees and honorees here.

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About Gospel Music Association & Foundation:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, The GMA Hall of Fame Induction and Honors Ceremony and the IMMERSE Conference. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit

Join us on May 8 in Nashville to celebrate! To see the full press release and purchase tickets, visit:

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