Biography of Mark Schultz – Christian Speaker, Christian Musician, Pro-Life Events Speaker
Many know Mark Schultz as the platinum-selling, award winning artist whose career has spanned two decades with thirteen #1 hits. He is garnered accolades like Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Album of the Year and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20. Extreme Home Makeover, and CNN’s Morning Edition but Mark would say that all of that pales in comparison to the honor of getting to share his own story of adoption with an audience. Mark was adopted when he was two weeks old and raised by loving parents. And, though he’s never met her, he’s grateful to his birth mother for giving him life. “She’ll always be a hero to me.” He says with a smile and tears in his eyes.
In 2007 Mark partnered with Family Christian Stores and the James Fund to help raise awareness and support for orphans by riding his bicycle across the country from California to Maine, doing 14 concerts along the way and raising $250,000. “It was the single greatest thing that I’ve done in my career,” he says, “And it awoke a passion in me to share my story and be a champion for crisis pregnancy centers and adoption agencies across the country. Mark’s hit single, “Everything to Me,” a song about his life and gratitude to his birth mother, was the centerpiece for Bethany Christian Services ministry to expectant mothers. “I wanted to write a song for birth mothers, so that they could hear how grateful I am to my own birth mom and how she made the choice to give me life.” And that’s exactly how the song was to encourage expectant mothers across the country who were in crisis. Mark has a passion for benefit concerts because it’s a chance to tell his story and to give back to the very organizations that helped save his life. “My role is to put a spotlight on the organization,” he says, “and to have everyone in the room support them both prayerfully and financially.” Mark’s sense of humor and the depth of his story led one concert goer to say, ”I didn’t expect to have this much fun, and I was deeply moved to action.” Mark brings a contagious energy and excitement to fundraising banquets that leave the audience feeling inspired. “What these organizations are doing is saving lives,” says Schultz. “And I’m one of those lives.” Recently, Mark and his wife Kate, who have two boys, Ryan and Gus, adopted their first daughter, Maia Mae. “It’s amazing for me to be on this side of adoption,” says Schultz. “This love that I have for my daughter is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. She and I have a very special bond.” Schultz and his daughter share the same initials, MMS. “And one day when she gets a little older, I’ll be able to share my adoption story with her, too.”
I wanted to take a second to send a thank you to all who joined us at the 2021 Golf4Life event. I have to admit, I was so excited for this event myself. Being on the frontlines of the event, I had the opportunity to work with a great team to put it together. We were overwhelmed with the generosity from our local businesses and community, through hole sponsorship, prize sponsorship, underwriting, and team participation. We are looking forward to next year's event already!!!
SPECIAL THANK YOU's
Hole Sponsors and Underwriters
Ace Electric Plumbing & Heating, Arquette Concrete, Caren Piglowski/Ogemaw County Treasurer, Clemens Dairy Farm, INC., Compassionate Pet Care, Dean Arbour Ford, Denise Simmons, Ogemaw County Register of Deeds, Diebold Insurance, Farm Bureau Insurance, Finished Concrete, G's Pizzeria & Deli, Gary Oil Company
Gingerich Feed and Implements, H&K Resources, H&K photography, Hart GMC/Buick, Judson Baptist Church, Ken's Barber Shop, Knights of Columbus-West Branch, Lee Ramsey Funeral Home, M and B Trucking INC., Mark A. Smith Electric Co., Matt and Ashley Dowell, Morse Clark Furniture Co., Needham's Barber & Beauty Shop, North Central Feed and Supply, Northern Seal Coating, Ogemaw County Voice, Richard and Mary Bogdanski, R & J Screen Printing and Embroidery, Royal Reflections/Show Room, Schmitt Tire, Snider's Car Care, Stephenson and Company P.C., Sternol and McLaren Funeral Home, The Glass Slipper, Village Quick Lube, Walker Agency Insurance, Au Gres , Wangler Trucking Company, West Branch Eyecare, West Branch Automotive, Inc., West Branch Collision, West Branch Greenhouse, Wise Heating and Cooling
Thank you to our Prize Sponsors
Applebee's, Brian's Fruit Market, Camping World, Cedar Valley Golf Club, Dairyland Seed Company, Diane Philbrick's Sweet Shoppe,
Dean Arbour Ford, Eagle Ridge Golf Club, Fick and Sons, Forwards Corporation, Foster Blue Flame, Gladwin Heights Golf Course, Green Ace Hardware, Green Hills Golf, Inc., G's Pizzeria & Deli LLC, Hart Buick GMC, Inc., Hills Point Resort, Home Depot, Jay's Sporting Goods, John Wackerle Maple Syrup, Kelly's Therapeutic Massage, Knoll View Golf Course, LaDonna Schultz, Lake Side Golf Course, Maple Leaf Golf Course, Muffler Man, Office Central, Ogemaw Chiropractic, Ogemaw Lanes, Pepsi, Pineview Golf Course, Rancheros Mexican Restaurant, Ron's Pure Maple Syrup, Royal Reflections/Show Room, Rose City RV, Snider's Car Care, Sugar Springs Golf Course, Sunshine and Dragon Flies, Terry's Gun Shop, The Nightmare Golf Course, The Pines at Fairview, The Quest Golf Club, Timmy Tire, Treasures Forever, Vic Bond Sales, Village Quick Lube, Wal-Mart West Branch, Wangler's Boot Shop, West Branch Eye Care, White Deer Golf Course, Wicker Hills Golf Course
Below are Photos of many of the teams, volunteers and examples of the fun we had at this year's event. Many other teams slid by, escaping their photo opp... :)
In May we had our Discover Hope Walk for Life, which produced 94 walkers and exceeded our expectations in sponsorship. Thank you to all who were able to walk or sponsor a walker this year. This was a beautiful day for us to flood the streets with people who were ready to "Wald For Life"!!
Baby bottles are distributed to churches and organizations for their members to fill with coins, cash, or checks to help supply the needs of the Center. This allows us to use the money where needed. If you would like to set up a baby bottle fundraiser, please contact the center for details.
Many local organizations support the center by hosting baby showers with the center as the beneficiary. Items donated are added to our store.. Please contact the center if you are interested in hosting an event.
“The mission of Life Choices Resource Center is to promote the sanctity of human life by reaching out with Christ's love through our pregnancy resource center, medical clinic, and sexual and relationship educational programs.”
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