LINCOLN, NE – PGA REACH Nebraska, the charitable arm of the Nebraska Section PGA, is excited to announce four new ambassadors in an effort to grow their reach to make a lasting impact on surrounding communities. All residing in Omaha, NE, Greg Neujahr, PGA, Marion Bendon, James Barger and Geoff Thomas will look to engage and assist with the Foundation’s operations and programming for the next two years.
Greg Neujahr, PGA is the Director of Golf at Champions Run in Omaha, NE. He attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated with a Business Administration degree. Greg has been a PGA Member for 25 years and served as President of the Nebraska Section PGA in 2011-2013. He currently is a National Board member for the PGA of America representing the states of Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. Greg is married to Dawn Neujahr, PGA who is also a PGA Member and they have two sons who both attend the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
“I have been involved with PGA Reach Nebraska since the beginning so to continue as an ambassador for the program is a true honor. The foundation is doing so many great things in the community with junior golf, diversity/inclusion and our veterans that it will only continue to grow. I know that the fine people who are involved with the foundation have the best interest moving forward and changing lives through the great game of golf,” said Neujahr.
Marion Bendon grew up in Omaha in a family that loved both the game of golf and was active in the community. Marion played golf at Marian High School where her team won two consecutive state titles. She went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska, Omaha. Marion is no stranger to fundraising. She has been involved with various organizations for the past 25 years raising money and awareness for numerous charities, many of these events were golf related. Marion and her late husband John, have a son John Jr, daughter-in-law Nicole and a grandson, Thomas.
“I am honored to have been involved with PGA Reach Nebraska since its inception in 2014. I am truly amazed at the progress made to date and to see our organization continue to grow, expand and impact so many diverse individuals! I am looking forward to my new role as an Ambassador to represent and promote such a worthy cause,” said Bendon.
James Barger was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. James is currently the President of JR Barger and Sons Concrete Contractors. He is proud to continue the family business that has been around since 1900. His wife Jill and their six kids all enjoy playing the game of golf together. The Barger’s enjoy traveling the world and playing golf at several of the clubs they belong to. Community involvement includes the Autism Action Committee – Open Door Mission – Past Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House.
“PGA REACH Nebraska has greatly impacted our communities through the game of golf and I am excited to be an Ambassador for the Foundation. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a great example of PGA REACH’s golf programs that truly make a positive impact on people’s lives. We owe so much to our Veterans and I am honored to be involved to help give back to those who have sacrificed so much for us,” said Barger.
Geoff Thomas was born and raised in Omaha, NE, and he attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, for undergrad, and went to law school at Creighton University. He currently works with his parents at Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters, which is a litigation support firm. Geoff’s wife is a partner at the law firm Pansing, Hogan, Ernst, & Bachman, and they have three children. They enjoy being active and they love their Green Bay Packers.
“The game of golf is such a wonderful lifetime sport that should be available to everyone, which is why I think PGA REACH Nebraska is so great. Their youth program allows young boys and girls that would not normally have the opportunity to participate in golf to not only try it but excel at it. Our joint efforts over the past couple of years have been so rewarding that I am excited to see what the future brings,” said Thomas.
PGA REACH Nebraska Ambassadors are invaluable pieces to the puzzle who serve as an advocate for the Foundation in our communities. As an Ambassador, their voice will assist the foundation in maintaining donor loyalty and confidence within our communities as well as aiding with its programs. These individuals will help broaden our reach, deepen our impact, and sustain our promising future. Together, we will continue to positively impact people’s lives through the game of golf.
ABOUT PGA REACH NEBRASKA
PGA REACH Nebraska is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and the charitable arm of the Nebraska Section PGA. PGA REACH Nebraska is program based and supported by the Nebraska Section PGA Golf Professionals. PGA REACH Nebraska’s mission is to positively impact lives through the game of golf. The Foundation has 3 core pillars of focus: Military, Youth and Inclusion. Each pillar is supported by programs that are executed to carry out our mission.