The city of Newport recently got a phone call from Ken Doerfler Jr asking to meet with city officials about a gift he was considering to the city’s new aquatic center, now under construction.
After sitting down with city officials Mr. Doerfler indicated his family’s Ken and Judy Living Trust would like to make a $300,000 dollar gift to the project – which City Manager Spencer Nebel, City Attorney Steve Rich, Public Works Director Tim Gross and Parks and Recreation Director Jim Protiva were only to ecstatic to accept.
There were waves of appreciation gratefully wafting about the table, for perhaps unbeknownst to Mr. Doerfler, work crews had just recently discovered that the original base fill for the pool site was insufficient to support a pool – so the city was faced with an unanticipated additional cost that would likely have trimmed certain Center amenities from the project. With funds from just half of the donation offered, that unexpected wrinkle was ironed smooth in the twink of an eye.
As a tribute to Ken Doerfler Sr. and wife Judy, who have both passed away, it has been proposed that a memorial to their lives and contributions to the Newport community be placed in a conspicuous location inside the Center for all those who gaze upon it be reminded of the Doerfler family’s living trust’s donation, as bequeathed by their son Ken Doerfler Jr. In addition, it has been proposed that the aquatic center’s lap pool be named in Ken Doerfler Senior’s honor.