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90-year old Giants fan goes to first game July 20, KRCR: Last week, 90 year old Marquis resident Agnes Biechman had the opportunity to attend her first Giants game. Made possible by the New Chapters program, Biechman has been…   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation’s Transformative Community Service Program Recognized at LeadingAge Washington Annual Conference Stevenson, Washington (June 20, 2017) – When communities come together, they can create lasting change. The Vital Life Foundation, a Marquis Companies and Consonus Healthcare Foundation, was the recipient of…   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation Raises $615,000 at Sixth Annual Bridgetown Bash MILWAUKIE, Ore. – July 5, 2017 – The Vital Life Foundation, a 503 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, held their Sixth Annual BridgeTown Bash on June 23. The local nonprofit is thrilled to announce…   READ MORE >
"9th annual ‘Scale the Strat’ event benefits American Lung Association in Nevada" - NBC January 23, 2017 – KSNV/NBC  Nasslynne Lenz, a climber with Team Marquis, and Valerie Weiderman of the American Lung Association, were featured on KSNV talking about the 9th annual Scale the…   READ MORE >
"Marquis Residents Knit Hats for Newborns" - Portland Tribune January 20, 2017 – Forest Grove News Times  Doris Terhorst's grandson was born with a heart condition, so when she got the opportunity to knit hats for babies born during American…   READ MORE >
KPTV-FOX: "PDX sends off local WWII veterans for honorary trip to Washington D.C.” Dozens gathered at Portland International Airport Monday morning for the send-off of 12 local veterans as they begin their honorary trip to Washington D.C. The trip is part of the annual…   READ MORE >
Isler Northwest: Proud Donor to the Vital Life Foundation Isler Northwest is a proud corporate donor to the Vital Life Foundation and supporter of its efforts to provide support for youth, wellness, education, families, women and seniors. Isler Northwest’s…   READ MORE >
Daily Journal of Commerce: Local firms work on Ronald McDonald House Project A team of local companies from the building industry recently joined forces to tackle a $1.4 million remodeling project for Ronald McDonald House in Portland.  Ronald McDonald House Charities operates several…   READ MORE >
Pilot with Medical Condition Flies in Plane After 45-Year Hiatus Once an avid pilot, a Springfield resident got the chance to fly in a plane again for the first time in decades.  Local 87 year old resident,  Frances Campbell, took flight…   READ MORE >
The Bloom Project Receives $5,000 From Vital Life Foundation The Bloom Project, a volunteer-driven nonprofit that provides fresh floral bouquets to hospice and palliative care patients, has received a $5,000 grant from the Vital Life, a Marquis and Consonus…   READ MORE >
Meals on Wheels People: The Vital Life Foundation Receives Compassion for Seniors Award Supporters and volunteers of Meals on Wheels People donated enough funds in just one hour to provide 65,500 hot meals to older adults in the greater metro at the organization’s…   READ MORE >
"KLAS TV: Marquis Team Participates in "Scale the Strat"" A group of therapists and CNAs from Marquis Las Vegas climbed the 108 flights of stairs up the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas to raise money for the American Lung…   READ MORE >
KATU: "After traumatic brain injury, man returns to slopes on Mt. Hood" This past July, Bill suffered from a traumatic brain injury causing him to be bed bound and unable to speak. Since working with Consonus Healthcare rehab care, Bill is now…   READ MORE >
Marquis Companies Honored for Good Works Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington honored Marquis Companies as its 2015 Partner of Distinction. The award recognizes a company that has made tremendous contributions to RMHC…   READ MORE >
Marquis Companies Named 2015 Partner of Distinction for Keeping Families Close Annual award recognizes local business that makes significant contributions to Ronald McDonald House Charities to support families with seriously ill children. View Article   READ MORE >
Rightful Honor We were among 13 veterans and their companions on an all-expenses paid journey to visit the nation’s war memorials, Arlington Cemetery, and the large aircraft portion of the Smithsonian Air…   READ MORE >
“World War II veteran greeted with flying colors” Journey of Heroes, which honors veterans by sending them to Washington, D.C. to see the monuments and memorials that were erected in their honor, is made possible through the partnership…   READ MORE >
Marquis residents and WWII veterans honored with trip to national memorial Two brothers, both in their 90s, were honored Tuesday in Tualatin for a lifetime of service. "These men not only served in WWII, they came home and became volunteer firefighters," explained…   READ MORE >
Lodi News-Sentinel: August 9 - "Vienna Nursing and Rehab Center celebrates Backpack to School with science, sundaes" Senior residents, staff and children of staff were gathered for the 2nd annual Backpack to School event with a special performance by the WOW Museum followed by ice cream sundaes. Real…   READ MORE >
Redding Record Searchlight- August 4: “National Night Out brings out neighbors Police, firefighters and neighbors turned out at block parties around Shasta County — and the country — for National Night Out on Tuesday. Read the full article online.   READ MORE >
First pitch: Reliving his glory days Redding Record Searchlight: "(As part of the New Chapters Program) former minor leaguer Duane Wahl got a chance to relive his baseball past Thursday night when he threw out…   READ MORE >
Bill Chase Takes to the Skies Again Local Hillsboro resident and retired Marine Corps Colonel and Pilot, Bill Chase, took to the air once again as his wish to fly a helicopter again was granted by the…   READ MORE >
Corvalis Gazette Times: "Scholarship Recipient Announced" The Vital Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has awarded Oregon State University student Mackenzie Olson its Paul Boyar Scholarship. Read article online   READ MORE >
May 11, KGW: “The Vital Life Foundation Helps Portland's Ronald McDonald House expand" The work was made possible in part by the Vital Life Foundation and Marquis Companies. Watch video online   READ MORE >
Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 30: "Foundation sends volunteers to Nicaragua to help teach health care methods" The foundation brought two nurses and a pharmacist to continue working on systems plus two caregivers and a housekeeper, who were picked from a pool of applicants taken from its…   READ MORE >
April 16: THE VITAL LIFE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES PAUL BOYAR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT Oregon State University Student, Mackenzie Olson, is awarded $2,500 for her outstanding commitment to senior care. Download PDF to read online   READ MORE >
Las Vegas Marquis Locations Climb 108 Stories to “Scale the Strat” in Support of the American Lung Association This year, a record 630 people signed up for the Scale the Strat event, including a number of Marquis Companies employees. The fundraiser was held at the Stratosphere to raise money…   READ MORE >
December 11, Springfield Times: Journey of a Hero; Julia Kritsings-Breninger With the goal of making this dream a reality, both the Marquis Companies and Consonus Healthcare Services partnered to create The Vital Life Foundation in 2008, aiming to provide meaning…   READ MORE >
Columbian: 90-year-old volunteer on D.C. trip with fellow veterans A 90-year-old World War II-era veteran and dedicated Meals on Wheels People volunteer in Washougal left on a special trip Monday to visit monuments and other sites in Washington, D.C. Read…   READ MORE >
Everyday Heroes 2014 Vital Life Foundation video. Watch the video online now.   READ MORE >
Exponential Growth 2013 Vital Life Foundation video.  Watch the video online now.     READ MORE >
For Service to our Nation, Brother Sister Veterans Headed to Washington D.C. Two members of the Greatest Generation who both served during World War II will do something they’ve never done before: They’ll visit Washington, D.C. Read the article online.   READ MORE >
A Wish Granted An 82-year-old Quad City man got the ride of his life. He got to check something big off his bucket list. Watch the news segment online.   READ MORE >
Big Donation to Friends of the Children from the Vital Life Foundation Coverage by KATU 2, Portland ABC affiliate.  Watch the news segment online.     READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation’s BridgeTown Bash Raises Over $500,000 This year’s BridgeTown Bash did not disappoint! Guests and sponsors raised a record-setting $528,000 to support organizations and programs that provide meaning and vitality to the lives of seniors and…   READ MORE >
THE VITAL LIFE FOUNDATION GIVES 30 PERCENT MORE TO LOCAL CHARITIES IN 2013 The Vital Life Foundation, an Oregon nonprofit, is excited to announce the recipients of $300,000 in charitable donations for 2013. The five nonprofits will receive anywhere between $50,000 and $70,000…   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation Names New Executive Director The Vital Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has hired Ann Adrian as executive director. The Vital Life Foundation supports organizations and programs that provide meaning and vitality in the…   READ MORE >
Vital Volunteer for 2013 chosen by the Marquis Plum Ridge Vital Volunteers Brenton Fusmer has been chosen as the Vital Volunteer for 2013. He is always willing to give a hand or share ideas for money-making projects to help increase each year's…   READ MORE >
Idaho Business Journal: The Vital Life Foundation encourages both its residents and staff to use their own unique skills to help others. Download article PDF.   READ MORE >
Ten Veterans get a Hero’s Send-Off at Portland International Airport Non-profit partners, The Vital Life Foundation and Wish of a Lifetime, honored ten veterans prior to their first trip to visit Washington D.C. and the memorials that were erected in their honor.…   READ MORE >
Fall 2013 Vital Life Newsletter Septemver 26, 2013 - Download the newsletter and read the latest about the Vital Life Foundation. Subscribe to the VLF eNewsletter list to learn about upcoming events, New Chapters and…   READ MORE >
Honoring Our WWII Veterans On Wednesday, May 29th, ten World War II veterans were honored at the Portland Airport before heading to Washington, D.C. to visit the D.C. memorials for the first time. The…   READ MORE >
THE VITAL LIFE FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE NOW March 11, 2013 - Download the newsletter and read the latest about the Vital Life Foundation. Subscribe to the VLF eNewsletter list to learn about upcoming events, New Chapters and…   READ MORE >
Laughter is the Best Medicine The Vital Life Foundation is proud to present its fourth annual “Laughter is the Best Medicine” event on March 8th, 2013 at the Bagdad Theater in SE Portland. Doors open…   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation Helps the Families of Hundreds of Senior Care Residents Give Back to the Families of Staff Members MILWAUKIE, Ore. – September 21, 2012 – For the fifth year in a row, senior care facilities across the western US participated in Backpack to School, a fundraiser organized by…   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation Connects Senior Adults With At-Risk Youth Through Horticulture Education MILWAUKIE, Ore – September 7, 2012 – The Vital Life Foundation, a non-profit that provides support to organizations that bring meaning to the lives of seniors and youth, is piloting…   READ MORE >
Third Annual "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Event at the Alberta Rose Theater to Benefit Alzheimer's Research Portland, Ore. – June 11, 2012 – The Vital Life Foundation is proud to present its third annual “Laughter is the Best Medicine” event on June 22 at the Alberta…   READ MORE >
THE VITAL LIFE FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE NOW December 5, 2011 Download the newsletter and read the latest about the Vital Life Foundation. Vital Life Newsletter: Vol. 3 (pdf) Subscribe to the VLF eNewsletter list to…   READ MORE >
Boomer & Senior News: partner Keren Brown Wilson, and and the JFR Foundation Boomer & Senior News: Article on one of our partners, Keren Brown Wilson, and how the JFR Foundation “Cares for the Elderly in a Big Way” View Article   READ MORE >
Vital Life Foundation and Medical Teams International (MTI) On September 22nd, Marquis Assisted Living Residents from Forest Grove, Hope Village, and Wilsonville helped assemble 152 medical kits for donation to Medical Teams International (MTI) with supplies provided…   READ MORE >
Redding, Calif. The Record Searchlight: Video from the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's November 4, 2011 Redding, Calif. The Record Searchlight: Video from the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's View Press Release   READ MORE >
PORTLAND, Ore. KATU: Local gallery puts a kibosh on the idea of 'old people art' November 1, 2011 PORTLAND, Ore. KATU: Local gallery puts a kibosh on the idea of 'old people art' View Article   READ MORE >
Redding, Calif. The Record Searchlight: Video from the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's October 22, 2011 Redding, Calif. The Record Searchlight: Video from the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's View Video   READ MORE >
Redding, Calif. The Record Searchlight: “Alzheimer's first run in Redding a success; participants raise awareness, funds for national association October 22, 2011 Redding, Calif. The Record Searchlight: “Alzheimer's first run in Redding a success; participants raise awareness, funds for national association View Article   READ MORE >
Marquis and Medical Teams International On September 22nd, Marquis Assisted Living Residents from Forest Grove, Hope Village, and Wilsonville helped assemble 152 medical kits for donation to Medical Teams International (MTI) with supplies provided…   READ MORE >
This year's Walk, Roll 'n' Run raised $85,524 was raised for United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington This year's Walk, Roll 'n' Run raised $85,524 was raised for United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon and SW Washington. The Vital Life Foundation was a $5000 sponsor in this year’s…   READ MORE >
Napa Valley Register - Napa students get ready to go back to school at the Meadows August 16, 2011 Napa Valley Register - Napa students get ready to go back to school at the Meadows View Article   READ MORE >
August 25,  2011 Comedian Ron Funches to Headline Show Alongside the Videoed Shticks of Portland Seniors on September 16 View Article   READ MORE >
Ron Funches Clip Great clip from Conan last night featuring comedian Ron Funches. Ron will be headlining our “Laughter’s The Best Medicine” Event on September 16. Read Article   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation Newsletter is Available Now Download the newsletter and read the latest about the Vital Life Foundation.Vital Life Newsletter: Vol. 2 (pdf)   Subscribe to the VLF eNewsletter  list to learn about upcoming events, New Chapters and…   READ MORE >
VITAL LIFE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS IN LONG-TERM CARE INDUSTRY July 27, 2010 – Honoring the life of Paul Boyar, a leader in Nevada’s long-term care industry who dedicated his life to the care and well-being of seniors, The Vital…   READ MORE >
KIVI-ABC Highlights Marquis Care at Shaw Mountain's Participation in the Race for the Cure. Boise’s KIVI-ABC, Channel 6, highlight’s Marquis Care at Shaw Mountain and its participation in this year’s Race for the Cure. Joe Rudd, Administrator at the facility, talks about the 115…   READ MORE >
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Landlocked Octogenarian Reunites With Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk April 22, 2010 - The Santa Cruz Sentinel Features Marquis Companies' New Chapters Program     READ MORE >
Skilled Nursing Resident Attends NASCAR Weekend to see Earnhardt Jr. Drive For the First Time On Feb. 26th, Marquis Skilled Nursing resident, Michael Kelly, will watch as NASCAR racers compete at the Las Vegas Speedway in the qualifying rounds of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. …   READ MORE >
The Vital Life Foundation Newsletter is Available Now Download the newsletter and read the latest about the Vital Life Foundation.Vital Life Newsletter: Vol. 1 (pdf)   Subscribe to the VLF eNewsletter  list to learn about upcoming events, New Chapters and…   READ MORE >
SKILLED NURSING RESIDENT FULFILLS LIFELONG CULINARY DREAM ON NOVEMBER 5, 2009 Nov. 2, 2009 – On November 5TH, Marquis Skilled Nursing resident, Laura Jaques, will fulfill a dream 85 years in the making as she enters through the doors of the…   READ MORE >
MARQUIS COMPANIES HONORS RESIDENT FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS AND COMMUNITY DEDICATION WITH THE FACILITY’S FIRST CITIZENSHIP TREE PLANTING Nov. 3, 2009—The plaque above 77-year-old Betsy Ross’ bed at Marquis Care at Hope Village in Canby, Ore. rings true to her character: “In the deepest part of our souls,…   READ MORE >
NINETY-NINE YEAR-OLD CONCENTRATION CAMP SURVIVOR ATTENDS BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 5 October 26, 2009 – Ninety-nine year-old Margarita Binning’s life story reads like pages of a history book to which she will add another chapter on October 31. Administrators from Marquis Skilled…   READ MORE >
Boise Skilled Nursing Resident Visits Seattle to Fulfill Sea of Dreams  October 5, 2009 – Betty Cotner has always had an interest in the animal kingdom and the world of the sea. This fascination has only grown stronger as she has…   READ MORE >
Residents at Long Term Care Facilities Give One-Thousand Backpacks to Employee Families in Need August 31, 2009 – Residents of long term care facilities delivered over one-thousand backpacks with school supplies for the children of long term care staff. The backpacks were gifted to…   READ MORE >
MARQUIS MAKES DREAMS COME TRUE FOR SKILLED NURSING HOME RESIDENTS AT PORTLAND BEAVERS VS. THE LAS VEGAS 51’S BASEBALL GAME JULY 31 July 31, 2009 – Baseball fanatics and skilled nursing residents Wanda Scott and Eleanor Mace of the Portland area will attend The Portland Beavers vs. Las Vegas 51’s baseball game…   READ MORE >
The Contra Costa Times: Field of Dreams Read more from The Contra Costa Times   READ MORE >
Marquis Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Residents to Wed at Facility on June 11 July 11, 2009 – Marquis residents John Dupre and Diane Crowl will wed at the assisted living and nursing facility where they first met one year ago.  The wedding will…   READ MORE >
Marquis Oak Park and San Miguel Villa Make Dreams Come True for Skilled Nursing Home Residents at Giants vs. Oakland A’s Baseball Game June 23rd June 19, 2009 – Baseball fanatics and skilled nursing residents 89-year-old Ken Sanders and 77-year-old Robert Brogan of the Pleasant Hill area will attend the San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland…   READ MORE >
Marquis Resident Sews Reading Pillows and Donates Books to Quatama Elementary 5TH Graders Olga has made her own dress that she will model at the show.  The Fashion Show theme is “Fashions in Time” and over 40 dresses from various eras will be…   READ MORE >
Dreams come true at Marquis In her younger days, Helen Fukasawa was an avid tennis player.  When asked if she played competitively or just for fun, she replied, “Oh, always competitively…even it if was just…   READ MORE >
If Nothing More, This is Sure to Make Your Day An old couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Watch the video…   READ MORE >
Royal Rosarians, Marquis Companies Name Tessie Taylor of Northeast Portland the 2009 Rose Queen Tessie Taylor of northeast Portland graciously accepted her sash and crown as she was named the 2009 Rose Queen yesterday on the eve of the Rose Festival in Portland. …   READ MORE >
Marquis Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities Crowns its 2009 Rose Queen at Today’s Rose Queen Tea Event Marquis Companies, a skilled nursing, assisted living and home health care company is holding their 15th annual Rose Queen Tea. The event celebrates the age, wisdom, wit and lives of…   READ MORE >
Marquis Companies is Third Largest U.S. Participator in the American Heart Association's Start! Greater Portland Heart & Stroke Walk on May 16 Marquis Companies will be the nation’s third largest participator in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Start! Heart & Stroke Walk. Marquis, a skilled nursing, assisted living and home health care…   READ MORE >
The Southeast Examiner: Ultimate Tennis Match Read more from The Southeast Examiner   READ MORE >
Marquis Resident Sews Reading Pillows and Donates Books to Quatama Elementary 5TH Graders A classroom of fifth graders in Hillsboro has inspired a flood of creativity in 88-year-old Olga Cook, a resident at Marquis Care at Forest Grove. Cook is donating her handmade…   READ MORE >
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