Vital Life Foundation
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 A’s game at Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum on June 23rd as part of Marquis and Consonus New Chapters Program.   Marquis, a skilled nursing, assisted living and home health care company and its sister company Consonus created the New Chapters Program to help senior citizens realize their lifelong dreams.  Marquis partnered with San Miguel Villa to bring Ken, a resident at Marquis Oak Park, and Robert, a resident at San Miguel Villa, a Consonus Customer, together for the first time on Tuesday.  A limo is set to whisk them off to Oakland for the game on Tuesday.    

Oak Park and San Miguel Villa facility managers have secured signed Giants baseballs to be presented to both men prior to the game by Bruce Bochy, General Manager for the Giants.  Tuesday, June 23rd is sure to be a highlight for these gentlemen who have already built their lives around a passion for the sport of baseball.  

Ken and Robert’s Love of the Game Started Many Years Ago
Ken Sanders first fell in love with the game of baseball working on his family’s farm during the great depression in Oklahoma.  Times were tough, but Ken and his friends found a way to continue playing despite not having enough money for equipment.  “It was particularly unpleasant for me because I enjoyed playing back catcher.  I didn’t have any pads, facemask or even a mitt on, I would just wrap my hand in a cloth even though it didn’t help much,” Ken recalled.  Now 89 years-old, Ken finds the same joy in watching the game as he once did in playing it.    

Robert Brogan was born in Brooklyn where his family lived in a house behind the old Brooklyn Dodgers stadium, Ebetts Field.  Brogan and his friends would spend countless hours watching games from the street and dreaming that one day they might get to play under the big lights.  Brogan went on to play baseball his whole life until duty called and he enlisted in the Korean War.  It wasn’t until another 35 years later that Robert finally picked up a bat once again, playing senior softball for the Palo Alto Cherokees.  Determined to win a National Championship, and play under the big lights, the newly named Palo Alto Chiefs won in September of 2007 landing Robert a championship ring.  

About Marquis Companies
Marquis Companies provide skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted living and memory care throughout its 26 facilities in Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho and Nevada.  Marquis’ sister company, Consonus, provides pharmacy, rehabilitation, staffing and consulting to the long-term care community. Both family-owned companies share the mission to promote the vitality within everyone each company serves and its employees – and created its Vital Life Foundation to fulfill that mission. For more information, visit www.marquiscompanies.com.

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