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  • Pat Keenan Picked for Community Foundation Award

    J . Patrick Keenan will receive Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation’s “Above and Beyond Award” at the Foundation’s “Red & Black” recognition event Friday night, February 2.
    Community Foundation president Kimberly Steger praised the personal qualities of Keenan along with his extraordinary commitment to the Community Foundation and to many other community and state organizations.
    Keenan has served 14 years on the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.  He currently serves as Vice President and has been a long-time member of investment and grant committees.  Pat and his wife Kathleen established a charitable fund at the Community Foundation that has helped a great many worthy local causes, Steger said.
    Keenen was born in North Platte and graduated from St Pat’s High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  For many years, he worked in the soft drink industry at Great Plains Bottlers and Canner until he and his brothers sold the business in 1998. 
     Keenan currently is manager of Keenan Management LLC which owns and operates hotels and develops commercial property.  Locally he is involved with Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn and with building a new Tru by Hilton Hotel. 
     Keenan also serves on the City’s Quality Growth Fund Committee, the statewide Economic Development Strategy Steering Committee and on the Boards of Sandhills State Bank and the Platte Institute for Economic Research.
    He is past president of the Nebraska Soft Drink Association, past chair of Board of Great Plains Regional Medical Center and past president of North Platte Development Corporation. 
     Keenan received the William Booth Award in recognition of over 25 years of services to the Salvation Army, including leadership of the organization’s local Board of Advisors and the campaign to build the local Salvation Army Center.
    Pat and his Kathleen were named to the North Platte Catholic Schools’ Wall of Honor for their long-time service and many contributions including leadership in the campaign for building McDaid Grade School and McGahan Activity Center.
    Keenan commented, “We have a great community with lots of people doing things that benefit the entire community.  It is tremendous what the funds of the Community Foundation have done to help so many people in this area.”
    “We are excited to honor Pat Keenan for how he has supported our mission to help worthy causes.  Both Pat and his wife Kathleen have been remarkable in making this community a better place in many ways,” said Eric Seacrest, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.
    On Friday evening, February 2, Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation will hold its annual “Red & Black” buffet event at the Holiday Inn Express.  During the event there will be recognitions and entertainment.  For reservations to attend the event, call 534-3315. 
     The Community Foundation administers and awards scholarships and grants to nonprofit causes from more than 275 charitable funds, each with its own charitable purpose.
    For more information about Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, contact Eric Seacrest, executive director at: Office 534-3315, Cell 530-3663.

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