Dennis and Heather Lewis have “Hearts of Gold”

Every year, Providence Newberg Health Foundation honors individuals or businesses at their Hearts of Gold Award Banquet. When the Hearts of Gold committee came together, they unanimously agreed that Dennis and Heather Lewis and Vancouver-based telecom company Integra should be honored. The Hearts of Gold award is given only to those who contribute significant amounts of time and resources to enhancing the community.

Members of the Newberg community for more than 30 years, the Lewis’ 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.

Though they both participate in several community organizations, they don’t serve to receive recognition. Much of their volunteering remains behind-the-scenes, which is why this award is so significant. We the staff at Lewis Audio Video are so proud of Dennis and Heather, and are inspired by them every day.

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