Wednesday, May 02, 2007


Buffalo, N.Y. (May 1, 2007) — Platinum-selling recording artist Mark Schultz is bicycling across America to raise money for orphans and widows. His 3,500-mile ride will pass through the Buffalo area, where he will present a concert on Friday, June 29, at 7pm. The concert, presented in conjunction with Family Life Network and Kingdom Bound Ministries, will take place at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Pkwy., in Hamburg, New York. Tickets are $15 general admission, $20 artist circle, or $20 at the door. All proceeds will go to The James Fund to help orphans and widows. Tickets go on sale starting today, May 1, at, the Kingdom Bound office (8550 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville, NY), or by calling Kingdom Bound at 716-633-1117.

Schultz's inspiration to make this 3,500-mile trek came from a visit he and his wife, Kate, made to orphanages in Mexico. In the spring of 2006, they went on a mission trip with The James Fund, a non-profit organization founded by Family Christian Stores to meet the needs of orphans and widows in distress. Schultz's own adoption drew him to explore this ministry. Seeing firsthand the harsh realities for many orphans and realizing that he could have easily been one of the boys in the orphanage, he wanted to make a difference.

"I went to visit some orphanages last spring and hang out with the kids, and I thought, how can I raise money for these kids?" says Schultz. "It seemed like nobody in the music business had ever done a tour where they rode their bike across the country and did concerts. I thought, that sounds impossible, let's do that!"

Buffalo-area fans, familiar with Schultz’s songs like “He’s My Son,” featured on “Delilah After Dark” on 96.1 WJYE, or “You Are A Child Of Mine,” featured on Family Life Network’s 88.3 WCOU, can support the cause by signing up to sponsor Schultz's bike ride at The website will track Schultz's progress on the tour, list concerts/special events, feature a photo gallery, and more.

Schultz’s area concert is being presented by Kingdom Bound Ministries, best known for presenting an annual Christian music festival at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, New York, for more than two decades. Now in its 21st year with 65,000 people in attendance over the course of four days, Kingdom Bound 2007 will bring together some of today’s most popular Christian pop, rock, and modern worship artists, including Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, and David Crowder, among many others, for this summer’s festival, to be held August 5-8, 2007, at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in Darien Center, New York.

Kingdom Bound 2007 will be a diverse music festival, featuring praise and worship, hip-hop, blues, big band, pop, rock and other styles of music. Event or day pass tickets, along with campsite/RV/hotel packages, are currently available. For tickets and accommodation information, call 800-461-4485, and to see a current list of the more than 50 bands, singers, and speakers who will be offering concerts or seminars at Kingdom Bound 2007, visit

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