By LYNDON A. ZAITZ
Making Keizer Better Foundation (MKB) had a successful year in 2010 and looks to build on that success in 2011.
The foundation, founded in 2006 by a group of Keizer businesspeople and residents, stages RIVERfair each August at Keizer Rapids Park and oversees the Hands on Government tile project. The mission of the foundation is to raise and grant funds to Keizer-based non-profit organizations and present vocational scholarships to high school students who live in Keizer or attend McNary High School.
In 2010 about 2,000 people enjoyed the third RIVERfair which included family activities, vendors, an art fair and live music on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre stage. The RIVERfair Trail Run raised over $1,000 for the McNary High School cross country team. A car show was added as an element of RIVERfair and was held at Schoolhouse Square.
Hands on Government tiles were installed at the Keizer Civic Center. Each tile, adorned with a painted handprint, name and birth year, were placed just to the south of the main entrance to the center. The project is designed to teach Keizer youth about city government and how it depends on volunteers to make it work. Hands on Government is an on-going project; tiles, $20 each, will be available at the Keizer Iris Festival and RIVERfair 2011 on August 13.
In 2010 Making Keizer Better granted $500 to the Keizer Community Food Bank. One thousand dollar scholarships were awarded to Andrew Sprague and Justina Hayden each to aid their continued education.
Lyndon A. Zaitz is chair of Making Keizer Better Foundation.