Keith Palau & MLS Community MVPs

2017 MLS All Star Community MVP

Meet Keith Palau, the recipient of the 2017 MLS All Star Community MVP Award. Every year at the annual MLS All Star game, the league recognizes a charitable person and their accomplishments at half time. This year, Keith Palau represented by the Portland Timbers, won $25,000 that he granted to Embrace Oregon. Founded in 2012, Embrace Oregon connects caring community members with vulnerable children and families in partnership with the Oregon Department of Human Services.

Palau, a huge Timber’s fan, partnered with the Oregon Department of Human Services to create Timbers and Thorns themed visitation rooms at multiple DHS facilities. Palau came up with the idea in hopes of creating a comfortable environment for foster children within the human services system. In 48 hours of starting the project, Palau raised over $8,500, and received major donations. He organized a team of 93 volunteers who worked over 800 hours to transform the Oregon Department of Human Services.

We love to see the MLS recognizing their fans achieving charitable milestones. Keep up the good work in Oregon, Keith!