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Providence honors locals for their community service


The hospital foundation honors Dennis and Heather Lewis and telecom company Integra with Hearts of Gold awards

Spurred on by a challenge donation from a local couple, the Providence Newberg Health Foundation had a banner year raising money for its Mike Olberding Education Fund.

The local couple pledged to donate $25,000 to the Hearts of Gold campaign if the community would match it, helping the foundation raise $92,000.

PNHF celebrated those efforts and handed out its annual Hearts of Gold awards at a banquet Aug. 1 in the healing garden at Providence Newberg Medical Center, honoring local couple Dennis and Heather Lewis and Vancouver-based telecom company Integra for their service to the community.

This year’s effort pushed the grand total generated for the Mike Olberding Fund, which helps hospital caregivers obtain necessary training and specialized certifications, to more than $514,000 since the Hearts of Gold program began over a decade ago.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED - Recognized - Four members of the Integra team, as well as Heather and Dennis Lewis (right) were honored recently as recipients of Hearts of Golds awards.

“That was a cool thing that really elevated the generosity of everybody there,” PNHF president Diana Fisher said of the anonymous couple’s donation. “We’re just so grateful for that. It was a new an unique opportunity that we didn’t have in years past.”

To Fisher, the choice to honor the Lewis family was pretty much a no brainer.

Members of the Newberg community for more than 30 years, the Lewises have been busy, with Dennis running a successful family business, Lewis Audio Video, and Heather working as a registered nurse for 26 years at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. But the couple has been just as dedicated to giving back.

Dennis, for example, serves on the board of directors for Friendsview Retirement Community and Providence Newberg Health Foundation. He is a member of Rotary Early Birds of Newberg, Kiwanis Newberg, Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce, Newberg Downtown Association, the editorial board for The Newberg Graphic, the community sign committee and the mayor’s council. He also volunteers with the SMART reading program.

In 2009, Dennis was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Along with her mother, Heather helped run another family business, Hazel’s Country Furnishings, for 10 years. She volunteers for March of Dimes, AA Literacy and the now-defunct Vintage Festival. She is also a member of Kiwanis Newberg and the George Fox University Board of Trustees.

In addition to participating in international medical mission trips, the couple are active together at the Chehalem Cultural Center, where Dennis serves as vice president of their board of trustees; 2nd Street Community Church; Young Life; Habitat for Humanity; Bible Study Fellowship and Special Olympics of Oregon.

“I don’t know one community service effort that is put forth in the community that they’re not involved in,” Fisher said.

An phone and Internet service provider in the Portland metro area, as well as in 11 states, Integra’s support has been vital to PNFH’s HOPE for Children Charity Golf Classic, which has raised $1.3 million for the Hope for Children Fund over the past 12 years.

“Integra really is our partner in that fundraising effort,” Fisher said. “All of the money comes here locally to serve family with children that have special needs.”

In addition, Integra’s Community Matters program provides resources and volunteer time for nonprofit organizations that support youth, health and community services, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross.