Mark Spain’s first Y experience was participating in swim lessons at the South DeKalb Family Y as a child in the 1970s, and he has been a member of the Forsyth County Family Y since its opening in 2006. He began volunteering in 2014 when he became a member of the branch’s board of advisors. As a successful real estate agent in Atlanta, Mark was eager to become more involved and make an impact within the community. In 2019, Mark secured more donations to the WHY IT MATTERS Annual Giving Campaign than any other branch volunteer, which earned him the 2019 Fundraiser of the Year title.
Both Mark and the Mark Spain Real Estate Team have been honored as volunteers of the year for the Forsyth County Family Y and they are the driving force behind the branch’s annual Spin-A-Thon, which raises funds to support scholarships so that everyone can be a part of the YMCA, regardless of their circumstances.
As a member of the branch executive committee, Mark utilizes the strong relationships he has built within the community to recruit other key civic and business leaders to the board. He and his team also support the branch throughout the year with fundraising and hands-on volunteer service.
“The Y is an organization that makes a profound impact in our communities, especially in the lives of our kids,” says Mark Spain.
One day each year, they host the Mark Spain Real Estate Big “Y” Day and close the entire company for the day, bringing 100+ volunteers to complete much-needed service projects for the Y. When asked about his motivation to raise funds for the Y, Mark said learning that one in five members at the Y are on some form of scholarship or financial assistance was eye-opening. “I had no idea! I was operating with tunnel vision and hadn’t slowed down enough to realize we have such a need in our community,” he said.
“My wife and I strive to provide opportunities and experiences for our own children that will help build them into strong, smart, independent adults. To know there are children in our community who are unable to benefit from these same programs due to financial circumstances out of their control was a call to action for me personally to make a larger difference,” he added.
Mark and his wife Whitney have five children — four daughters and one son — and they are members of Browns Bridge Community Church. Through Mark’s real estate business, he has formed the Mark Spain Foundation, which supports not only the YMCA but various other charitable causes in the community.