Morning Star Boys’ Ranch Promotes Family Healing

An experienced real estate investor and entrepreneur located in Spokane, Washington, Keith Scribner has acquired and developed dozens of properties over the past 30 years. His investments have spanned both residential and commercial Spokane properties, including build-to-suit office spaces, restaurants, and medical centers. In his free time, Keith Scribner and his wife Leilani Scribner enjoy giving back to their community, focusing their philanthropic efforts on organizations such as the Morning Star Boys’ Ranch.

Founded in 1957, Morning Star Boys’ Ranch provides residential care for boys with behavioral challenges, offering a number of supportive resources for both boys and their families. With a focus on permanent healing and family reunification, the ranch offers individual and family counseling to help overcome challenges associated with adverse childhood experiences, maltreatment, and fetal exposure to drugs and alcohol. It promotes growth and healing in a compassionate environment, fulfilling educational, social, and emotional needs through its various programs.

The ranch’s educational resources include a remedial literacy program, as well as a dedicated school liaison. Each day, personal tutors are available to provide one-on-one instruction based on the boys’ individualized education plans. Morning Star also offers a variety of recreational enrichment activities, including an equine therapy program and agricultural projects in association with 4-H. The organization works to ensure a secure future for each boy that attends the ranch, maintaining a scholarship fund to assist former residents with future educational endeavors.

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The Restoration of Spokane’s Fox Theater

An active philanthropist as well as a real estate investor, Keith Scribner has generously contributed to the Fox Theater, the home of the Spokane Symphony in Washington State. The generosity of Keith Scribner and his wife Leilani Scribner was recognized with a gold star in the sidewalk at the Spokane building’s entrance.

Originally built to showcase movies and live performances, the Fox Theater opened to a crowd of 30,000 in early September of 1931. Attended by locals as well as celebrity performers such as Charles Farrell, Will Rogers, and Anita Page, the event introduced visitors to a state-of-the-art theater that combined the latest technology with Anthony Heinsbergen’s eye-catching murals.

The murals are among the building’s original features, which restorers uncovered during the recent restoration. These restoration efforts had been prompted by the venue’s decline and the city’s subsequent decision to schedule it for demolition. There was a campaign to save the building. The $31 million necessary for renovation was ultimately secured with the help of private donors, different players in the local and federal governments, non-profits, and corporations. The building re-opened in 2007 as Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, and it has since hosted a number of high-profile performance events.