Vital Life Foundation
Third Annual "Laughter is the Best Medicine" Event at the Alberta Rose Theater to Benefit Alzheimer's Research June 22 show will feature stand-up, music and sketch comedy alongside videos of patient jokes

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 Rose Theatre in Portland. The event was conceived three years ago as a fresh way to raise money for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and has since grown to include over four hundred guests in the Portland area. 

“Last year we started something new by actually including videos of memory care patients telling jokes,” commented event organizer Jessica DeNardo. “The crowd loved it and it was a meaningful way to remind guests why they were at the show. It’s amazing the power that a little laughter can have.”

After seeing the benefits that laughter could have on patients, The Vital Life Foundation’s sister company, Marquis Companies, piloted a program integrating improv into its activity sessions for patients. They found that patients love the activities and that improv requires little to no recollection of the past with a sincere focus on living in the present moment.

The night of comedy will be hosted by Dave (Gruber) Allen, who has a long line of comedic ties including a role on “Freaks & Geeks” and in the travelling show “Cinematic Titanic.” Allen will be joined by fellow comedians J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff, and Ron Lynch.

“This night is going to be all about raising money, awareness, and lifting spirits for a couple of hours,” comments Allen. “Guests are going to get the fun trifecta: great cause, great people and a great time."

Attendees can also participate in a raffle for a 64GB iPad as well as a silent auction. All proceeds from the event, organized by the Vital Life Foundation, will go to benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  This event is for those 21 and older with tickets available through Alberta Rose online, by phone, or at the box office.

About the Vital Life Foundation

The Vital Life Foundation is a non-profit foundation providing support to organizations and programs that provide meaning and vitality to the lives of seniors and staff members living and working in long-term care. Created by Marquis Companies, a long-term care, assisted living and home health care company, and its sister company which provides pharmacy, rehabilitation, staffing and consulting to the long-term care community, Consonus Healthcare Services, The Vital Life Foundation has been operating since 2008.

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