Nomination Highlighted by Community Contributions
The C-Suite Awards program honors C-level executives from companies across the greater Cincinnati region for their contribution and commitment to the community and their outstanding professional performance. Now in its seventh year, the group of 52 finalists in nine categories was chosen by a panel of outside judges.
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Here’s an excerpt from Enger’s nomination regarding community contributions made outside of ATC:
Enger’s most dear philanthropic endeavor sits close to his heart. Enger’s good friend from high school at Lakota West, MSG Corey Hood, passed away in a tragic sky-diving accident performing as a member of the US Army Golden Knights at the Chicago Air & Water Show in 2015.
Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd and 101st Airborne and had earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. He was selected to The US Army Golden Knights—the US Army’s elite parachute team—in 2014.
Enger, like many others close to Corey, grieved with family and friends. Enger—inspired by the life of his friend—quickly acted and launched the Hoody Memorial Fund in memory of his friend, “Master Sergeant Corey Hood.” Enger established “The Hoody” through the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. “Corey loved the local community he came from—West Chester and Cincinnati. He traveled all over the world bragging about his hometown to anyone that would listen. “We established the Hoody Memorial to give back to the local community that Corey loved so much,” Enger explained as the reason for founding the Hoody Memorial.
As a result, since 2016, The Hoody Memorial Scholarship has awarded $7,500 annually to a Lakota Local Schools student “who possesses the same positive qualities that Hood exhibited throughout his life—a strong will, a desire to succeed, and ‘a little bit of grit.’” Since its inception, the fund has raised over $200,000 and has been fully endowed. This endowment within the Northern Cincinnati Foundation allows for Hoody Memorial Scholarships ($7,500) to continue to be awarded each year in MSG Corey Hood’s name, indefinitely.
Also in 2021, the Hoody Steering Committee, with feedback from Corey’s friends and family, wanted to expand the reach of the Hoody Memorial and ultimately opened two new Hoody Memorial funds: The Hoody Memorial Lakota Athletics Fund and The Hoody Memorial Veterans & Active Military Fund. These new funds allow for Corey’s legacy to impact a broader community while still celebrating all that he stood for. The goal is by 2027 to grow each fund to a level where they are considered “fully funded” and the Hoody Memorial can provide grants from each in the amount of $7,500 annually in perpetuity. All three Hoody Memorial funds are also housed and managed by the Northern Cincinnati Foundation.