Mary Kenealy is widely recognized as one of the preeminent event planners in the nation. Based in Sarasota, Florida, Mary’s career spans more than 25 years. Her client list includes the top echelon of Sarasota and beyond, and her resume includes the areas’ most prestigious events. Upscale corporate events, society weddings, and black-tie galas are her specialty. Mary serves a significant number of clients in Southwest Florida and North Carolina, but she has also planned and executed events around the world, from California to Italy.
Mary’s vast resources enable her to create a team of professionals providing the highest quality in everything from catering and décor to spectacular special effects and lighting. Her background as a caterer and floral designer enhances her ability to envision the big picture while not losing sight of the fine details.
Through the years, Mary has almost exclusively handled the special events needs of Dick Vitale, including the recent fundraiser for the V Foundation for Cancer Research that served more than 750 guests. She also designed and managed the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Vitale’s daughter at the Ritz-Carlton Naples. In addition, she has handled ESPN events with numerous VIPs and celebrities. Mary’s keen attention to detail and flawless execution were put to good use for CTPartners’ annual partners meeting, which involved coordination for attendees from 14 countries. During her career, she has also chaired the Selby Orchid Ball, the Festival of Trees Ball, and many, many more. Mary also manages numerous non-profit and not-for-profit galas and fundraisers, including the Catholic Charities Ball, and the SPARCC Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show for more than 500 guests.