The 2017 Colorado PGA President’s Award is being presented to Eric Kenealy, entrepreneur. This is an annual award given to an individual who, through their efforts and contributions, has promoted and enhanced the PGA Professional, the Section and the game of golf and contributed to the betterment of the golf professional vocation.
“I am honored to be the recipient of this award,” says Kenealy. “It has been a blessing for us to be associated with the Colorado PGA and the REACH Foundation.”
Kenealy lived most of his life in the Chicago area. In 2000, he accepted an opportunity in Colorado and moved his family west. He and his wife, Laurie, both entrepreneurs at heart, tapped into these traits in 2005 and created their own management company. Their primary enterprise is being owner and operator of 15 of the 28 Colorado Massage Envy businesses located up and down the Front Range from Loveland to Colorado Springs.
Kenealy took up golf in his 20s and is a self-proclaimed avid golfer who loves all things golf. Besides simply enjoying golf, he values the integrity of the game, the comradery of playing with other golfers and the ups-and-downs of each round.
As he began exploring local organizations and charities to support, he came to be introduced to Eddie Ainsworth and the PGA REACH Program. The more he learned about the comprehensive and broad reaching goals of the Foundation and how it impacts lives through golf, the more he felt like this was a cause he wanted to support whether it is Youth Development, Diversity and Inclusion or Supporting Our Military.
“The focus and the scope of the Foundation naturally fit our own philanthropic goals,” explains Kenealy. “We especially connected with the work that is being done for our military heroes and their families. Helping them assimilate back into their community through the social and physical aspects of the game reached out to us.”
For the last two year, the Supporting our Military Pillar of the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Home 4-Wounded Heroes Program to provide a mortgage-free home to a deserving veteran. Kenealy has been a major factor in the success of this collaboration.
“We felt compelled to assist in buying a house for a military hero,” comments Kenealy. “There is nothing like the look in the eyes of a veteran who is holding the keys to his first home.”
“We will continue to support this program and would encourage others with the ability and the heart to give to include the PGA REACH Program and their activities as a part of their charitable giving. It is a local charity where 100 percent of contributions go directly to support the people in our community who need them the most,” concluded Kenealy.
“Laurie and I have been blessed with business success and it is our philosophy to share our good fortune with others. We are only on this planet for a short time and if we can help others, we feel that is what we should be doing.”