Mark McIntosh, media personality, author and motivational speaker, with country music artist Brad Lee Schroeder. Both will perform on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Buffalo Rose Bar & Grill in Golden with hopes of guests filling Brad’s tour bus with toys and donations to benefit Kempe Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
By Scottie Taylor Iverson
Mark McIntosh knows how to encourage others to achieve goals and overcome challenges. His spiritual journey began at age 16 comprehending that one could be a Christian as well as an athlete. In high school he was a three-sport All American headed to the University of Missouri. A freak accident crushed those dreams when a defensive basketball player poked him in the eye resulting in a fall, concussion, and middle ear bone and rotator cuff damage. If he couldn’t be the best athlete, he would be the best college partier.
However, he attracted Christian mentors along the way. Later in Texas, where he worked for Frito Lay, he reconnected with Vance Morris who gave Mark his Bible from the Christian Huddle Group. He read it cover to cover. A friend introduced him to Colorado and he, with his degree in journalism from Mizzou, decided he’d like to be like Ron Zappolo – a sportscaster. And, he was.
Mark met Bill McCartney who further inspired him. He enjoyed an award-winning media career for 25 years and founded a company 10 years ago called Seek Victory of which he is CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer). He has dozens of stories of how he has been challenged and has been repaid over the years for acts of kindness and is able to relate them in a theatrical way. He currently leads worship for the Denver Rescue Mission and shares those stories.
He is the author of four books with intriguing titles. As a successful product of Raytown, Mo., (suburb of Kansas City), he was one of six inducted in 2013 to the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. And, he is a romantic having proposed to fiancée Kathy Gans on a bended knee in Paris this summer.
These are challenging times. With the Bible as his guide, fitness buff McIntosh developed what he calls Laboring for Jesus – “A Spiritual Six Pack.” Those six messages from Scripture include Jeremiah 29:11, Galatians 6:9, Colossians 3:13, 1 Corinthians 14:8, 1 Peter 3:15 and Galatians 5:22 and 23. He consults with and focuses on nonprofits, faith-based groups, school districts and athletic departments to help them raise money, awareness and morale.
Alan and Jamie Angelich, hosts of Mark McIntosh’s inspirational message for the season, with Paul Dunne who is VP for Development – The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, one of the beneficiaries of the “Tunes For Toys” event, and his wife Julieanne
Birds of a feather…
Maybe by fate, probably by faith and divine intervention, McIntosh was introduced to country music artist Brad Lee Schroeder through their mutual website designer /friend Erik Jeffries.
When he is not on the road, Schroeder is heavily involved in his church as a deacon and part of the music worship team. The Colorado native and veteran of the U.S. Navy, is a giver. He and wife Tracy have two young children, and know firsthand how essential it is to have help from Children’s Hospital Colorado. He knows what it’s like to be away from family over the holidays. He gives back to children as well as our troops by performing several shows each year for Children’s Hospital, American Cancer Society, Operation Troop Aid and others.
He is steadily becoming a rising star in the national country music arena. Today’s Country Magazine calls Schroeder “an artist you need to keep your eye on.” With his debut single “EASY” reaching the Top 40s on Country Radio charts and his spirited live performances, Schroeder continues to gain popularity and new fans across the country.
Soon after signing with independent record label Stray Bullet Records, Schroeder was nominated for an Independent Music Award for Best Country Song, as well as the People’s Voice Awards Nominee for Best Country Artist. He has performed with some of the current top names in country music. Brad celebrates this balance of family and fun in his music growing up with several different influences in his life mixed in his songs. There’s country, gospel, blues and good old down home rock ‘n’ roll – something for everyone.
McIntosh and Schroeder have teamed up to host inspirational concerts. The first will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Buffalo Rose Bar & Grill, 1119 Washington Ave. in Golden. Schroeder’s tour bus sponsored by Camping World of Colorado will be parked there beginning at 1 p.m. and the pair hopes to have it filled with new, unwrapped toys and donations benefiting Kempe Foundation and Children’s Hospital Colorado by 7 p.m.
This fun-filled day, that families would also enjoy, includes an inspirational message by Mark McIntosh at 2:30 p.m. plus signing of his latest book available for purchase. Schroeder will perform concerts at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Lip ‘em and Rip ‘em Fishing Show host Shannon “Lefty” Larsen will be there during the entire event giving fishing tips and signing autographs. Schroeder will be giving away T-shirts and CDs. A host of others including sponsor Big City Burrito, Keller Williams Real Estate and Stray Bullet Records will be giving away coupons, gifts, refreshments and more.
For further information, visit www.seekvictory.com or www.BradLeeSchroeder.com.
Elizabeth and Terry Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s opulent table
Popular cosmetic surgeon Dr. Brent Smith and wife Linda, who led a beautiful prayer
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