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January 26, 2008

Spa manufacturer’s support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® reaches milestone with 7-year-old Washington boy’s wish

Contact: Maddie Blunck
503-838-0888, ext. 182

Independence, Ore – Jacob, a 7-year-old from Marysville, Wash., will receive a very special gift on Jan. 12. That’s when his wish for a hot tub comes true. Jacob will be the 300th child to receive a Marquis spa through the partnership between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Marquis Spas®.

“Making a difference in the life of one child with a life-threatening medical condition is rewarding,” said Marquis Spas’ President John Schrenk. “The thought of making a difference in the lives of 300 children is almost emotionally overwhelming. At Marquis, we consider ourselves privileged to have the opportunity to improve these children’s lives. The thought of us adding even a few minutes of happiness to a sick child’s life is incredibly gratifying.”

Jacob’s wish is granted compliments of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington, with help from Marquis Spas and Marquis dealer Aqua Rec’s Swimmin’ Hole & Fireplace Shop in Tacoma, Wash.

“We’ve helped with several wishes here at Aqua Rec,” said General Manager Chris Kovacs. “Our entire team enjoys the emotional reward, the emotional kick we get out of the involvement with these kids. Seeing an ill child enjoying their brand new spa, seeing not only the happiness on the child’s face but also the happiness on the family members’ faces, is something you simply can’t put a price tag on. It’s an emotional high that is priceless.”

Marquis Spas is the preferred provider for Make-A-Wish® hot tub wishes. The spa manufacturer became involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in February 2000 when the company helped grant the wish of 17-year-old Andrea from Banks, Ore.

Andrea’s wish inspired Marquis to help more children by becoming a national supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So far, that partnership has generated more than $1.6 million in spa donations and discounts for the Foundation. Marquis’ dealers from all over the United States are involved in granting wishes.

For additional information about Jacob’s wish, please contact Jessie Elenbaas, wish coordinator for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho and Washington, at (206) 623-5380.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 67 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 41 minutes and has granted more than 153,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit  and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

About Marquis Spas

Marquis Spas, an employee-owned company based in Independence, Oregon, has been manufacturing spas since 1980. Employees/owners take great pride in the quality and performance of the products they build. For more information please call (800) 275-0888 or log onto .