We are excited to announce that DADvocate Kurt Kondrich will be the speaker for our 21st Annual Benefit Banquet. We were inspired to ask Kurt to speak after listening to him talk about protecting all life, particularly those who have Down syndrome, at the NC Right to Life Prayer Breakfast in Raleigh. When Marianne Donadio, our VP of marketing and development, and Kurt saw each other at the breakfast, they knew there was something familiar about one another. It turns out they were both in the White House Rose Garden with President Donald Trump in 2018, the same day the President honored Room At The Inn on national television!
Kurt Kondrich’s favorite Scripture verse is Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” and the way he arrived at this conviction started many years ago. Kurt and Margie Kondrich married in 1996 and became parents to a son, Nolan, and daughter, Chloe. When Chloe was born in 2003 with a diagnosis of Down syndrome, her birth was the starting point for an incredible journey.
Kurt had been serving as a police officer for 20 years and received many awards for his service to the community. Not long after Chloe’s birth, Kurt learned that up to 90 percent of children diagnosed prenatally with Down Syndrome were aborted. Kurt left his career as a Pittsburgh police officer, returned to college to receive a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and focused on being a strong advocate for the most vulnerable children.
Kurt speaks frequently to churches, university students, and many others throughout the country about protecting human life. In 2017, he spoke at the United Nations about the silent prenatal genocide against children diagnosed prenatally with Down Syndrome. Kurt and Chloe have appeared on national TV and in a variety of media articles and videos. They are staunch advocates in protecting the most vulnerable through legislation.