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Youth to benefit from concert this weekend

October 11, 2012
Meg Alexander - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

FAIRMONT - The upcoming double headliner of Mark Schultz and Anita Renfroe has local Christian entertainment fans excited, which is good news for local youth.

The show Sunday is geared more toward adults, explained Mike Johnson of Martin County Youth for Christ, but 100 percent of the proceeds will fund future Christian music concerts for teens.

Renfroe has described the show as a "wreck-your-mascara kind of concert."

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Anita Renfroe and Mark Schultz

For anyone unfamiliar with Renfroe, her style of entertainment is more likely to draw tears of laughter than the sentimental sort.

"She is hilarious," Johnson said. "I think anyone who has a child ... will just howl with laughter."

Renfroe recently put out a DVD entitled "I'm Not High Maintenance, Just Low Tolerance." Her television appearances include "Good Morning America" and "Dr. Phil," singing her YouTube sensation "Momsense (The Mom Song)." Set to the "William Tell Overture," the comedian sings a list of the typical duties modern moderns juggle in an average day.

Schultz, on the other hand, is known for moving audiences with his inspirational songs and soulful tenor voice. He is a 14-time Dove Award nominee and platinum-selling artist, who is touring to promote his newly released album, "All Things Possible."

"The goal is to have a great night of ministry and fun," Johnson said.

An anonymous sponsor is bringing Schultz, Renfroe and Christian music artist Shawn Groves to Fairmont, as a fund-raiser of sorts for FAYM - Fairmont Area Youth Ministries. FAYM was founded about six years ago by Martin County Youth for Christ, as a way to bring together various churches and Christian groups with a singular goal of planning bigger and better events for local youth, according to Johnson.

FAYM has invested money and a lot of time into marketing the Mark Schultz and Anita Renfroe concert, "but it's very much worth it because of the position it will put us in to bring in outreach events kids will be excited about," Johnson said.

Organizers are hopeful that proceeds from the upcoming event will create the seed money to fund regular events on at least an annual basis.

"This will give us some buying power," Johnson said.

The Mark Schultz & Anita Renfroe tour will be 7 p.m. Sunday at Fairmont High School's Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show. They are available for purchase at The Lighthouse, Good News Bookstore and Hy-Vee, or online at:

Call (507) 235-6016 for more information.



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