Lake Cooper Foundation

Lake Cooper Foundation

The Lake Cooper Foundation began as a building. As Doug Matlick, Robert Korschgen and Thomas Bell started to work on the old Henke Hardware building they began to see the building as a mission to give back to the community they loved. The idea of linking people and their communities together through involvement became the mission of Lake Cooper Foundation. That mission was created out of hard work and devotion to see not only Main Street thrive, but also strengthen Keokuk.

From the Annual Haunted House, to the Puttin’ on the Glitz Craft and Vendor show, many Bicycle Swap Meets, fundraisers for Military Veterans and even Boat Safety Events, the Lake Cooper Foundation gives back to Keokuk in many different ways.

In 2017, The Lake Cooper Foundation received a grant from the Keokuk Area Community Foundation Grant Fund to began a “makeover project” on their Lake Cooper Community Center. Volunteers from the Lake Cooper Foundation power washed, tuck pointed/patched the brick and painted the exterior. The original awning frame was recovered, and restored.

After many months of hard work, the new and improved Lake Cooper Community Center has given Main Street in Keokuk a facelift and has inspired the residents and businesses of Keokuk.

 “This project has been a great inspiration for the community. Something as simple as cleaning up and painting a property in a high traffic area like downtown gets noticed right away.”-Robert Korschgen

The Lake Cooper Foundation Community Center will be promoting the community in many ways, functioning as a beautiful private event space for hosting meetings, weddings and fundraisers. Visit the Lake Cooper Foundation Community Center on 810 Main St, Keokuk, Iowa 52632. Learn more about the Lake Cooper Foundation at or give them a call at (319) 520-5209.