About Us

The inspiration for The Kenli Foundation is directly related to heroes in action during Kenli’s tragic death.

On July 25, 2021, Kenli Riney (“Doodlebug”, our only child), 18, was driving home from her first college weekend experience at Tarleton State University.

On her way home, she fell asleep while driving causing her car to collide with another.  Thankfully, the other victim was spared. 

Kenli’s car became engulfed in flames and the heroic measures of Mike Argote and his family kept our Doodlebug from burning.

Mike, his wife Shannon, and their 14-year-old daughter, Ema, all played a part in pulling Kenli from the burning car, attempting to revive her and ultimately, praying over her.

Kenli’s motto was “Be kind; share Christ” (which is also our Mission) and the Argote family’s actions during this horrific tragedy were the epitome of being kind and sharing Christ.

The Kenli Foundation strives to recognize and reward anyone entering trade school or college who have performed heroic acts or have had a positive impact on a community, with scholarships.