Philadelphia is mourning the unexpected loss of Charisse McGill, the 42-year-old founder of Lokal Artisan Foods, known for the popular French Toast Bites.
According to CBS News, Philadelphia is mourning the unexpected loss of Charisse McGill, the 42-year-old founder of Lokal Artisan Foods, known for the popular French Toast Bites. McGill passed away on Jan. 15, leaving a legacy of entrepreneurial success and community leadership. Her cause of death is unknown.
In a statement, McGill’s publicist, Kory Aversa, conveyed the family’s appreciation for the outpouring of love and support. He stated, “Charisse McGill holds a huge place in so many of our hearts, and she will be so deeply, deeply missed.”
Recognized for her contributions, McGill received awards from the 76ers Buy Black program, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and the African American Chamber of Commerce of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Her story was featured in local news outlets, Forbes, and the Today Show.
Beyond her entrepreneurial success, McGill was a teacher and mentor, holding positions as adjunct faculty, instructor, and lecturer at various educational institutions. She coached girls’ varsity basketball at Benjamin Franklin High School.
Known for her warm and welcoming demeanor, McGill had a significant impact as an employer, employing a dozen workers at five French Toast Bites locations. She supported her young workforce with fair wages, professional guidance, and open communication, fostering a positive work environment.
McGill’s daughter, Madison, 18, is one of her employees and has already displayed an entrepreneurial spirit. Madison played a pivotal role in McGill’s Today Show appearance, sharing the story of launching a successful lemonade stand at the Lansdale Farmers Market at the age of 12.
The legacy of Charisse McGill lives on through her daughter, Madison, who will continue to run Lokal Artisan Foods. Funeral arrangements and donation information will be announced on social media in the coming week. Philadelphia remembers McGill as a trailblazer, mentor, and community leader.
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Source: Black Enterprise