Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kirkland Takes Ice Bucket Challenge to a Whole New Level

You’ve probably seen a lot of ALS Ice Bucket challenges in the last few weeks. But have you seen many that involve Oscar-worth acting, stunts, props and an international challenge at the end?

Well, we’d like to present Stuart “Steven Spielberg” Ostfeldt and his team from Merrill Gardens Kirkland. Not satisfied with simply dumping a bucket of ice water, Stuart brings us one of the top videos we’ve seen so far. Nice work everyone. That’s a wrap.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook

A Personal Story About What the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is Really About

For the last few weeks, we’ve watched people develop dramatic or funny videos to support the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We’ve seen kids, adults, celebrities, family members and more take an ice bath to support ALS research.

Our Gilroy, CA community has not only taken the challenge, but also delivers a special message from a resident whose son is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. If you are only somewhat aware of the pain ALS causes patients and family members, this is a video you need to see. Remember, this Facebook phenomenon is not simply about humor – it’s about raising money to find a cure for this devastating affliction.

Thank you for sharing your touching story.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook

The Buckets Continue! Watch the Next Merrill Gardens Communities Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the country by ice storm, with the latest estimate that $15.6 MILLION has been raised to fight ALS.

The Merrill Gardens corporate office took up the challenge last week, when President Tana Gall convinced her team to take the plunge. Within 24 hours, Merrill Gardens Tacoma stepped up and enjoyed their very own ice bath.

This week, the challenge lives on at Merrill Gardens, with Creekside, Northgate Plaza and University all participating in the frosty fundraiser!

Creekside:

Northgate Plaza:

University:

Which one is your favorite so far?

Next up this week: Bankers Hill, Santa Maria and Albertville. Wee-hoo!

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook

Merrill Gardens Tacoma Accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Well THAT didn’t take long.

Yesterday, we watched Merrill Gardens President Tana Gall and her team get doused with buckets of ice water, as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Tana then passed along the challenge to Merrill Gardens Tacoma, University and Renton.

Well, less than 24 hours later, Krista Solomon and her team from Merrill Gardens Tacoma stared that challenge straight in the eye.

You’re up Creekside!

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook

Merrill Gardens Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You’ve probably seen it in your Facebook feed. Maybe you’ve even had the guts to do it.

The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” is a public awareness campaign to raise money to combat the incurable, degenerative disease ALS. The challenge is simple — your friend nominates you to participate via social media. Then you either donate $100 to the ALS Association, the nation’s largest ALS charity, or you take a video of yourself (or someone else) dumping a bucket of ice cold water on your head. Your reward – you get to nominate someone else for the cold shower.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Merrill Gardens President Tana Gall gathered the team. Do they look like they are having fun or what?

Is the fundraiser working nationally? Well last year the ALS Association raised $22,000 during this 2 week period. This year – $1.35 million! That’s a lot of buckets. In fact, the Merrill Gardens corporate team not only took the challenge but made a nice donation as well!

“We’ve seen an explosion in donations in the past week,” said Erin Fleming the group’s associate director. “89 percent of those funds will go directly to research and educational programs — including ground-breaking stem cell and gene silencing research that could provide the first therapy for the disease. “

The challenge has reached everyone, with NFL teams taking a break from training camp to get doused – many of them challenged by the NFL commissioner himself. Here‘s the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks taking part.

Nice work Team Merrill Gardens. Now it’s up to the teams at Merrill Gardens University, Tacoma and Renton to take the bucket and run with it. Good luck!

If you’ve accepted the challenge yourself, visit our Facebook Page and drop us a link to your video.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook

Merrill Gardens Creekside Residents Enjoy a Family Barbecue

Sunshine, fine food and great people. It’s the magic combination for summer fun. And the team at The Creekside knows how to throw a fun party. We love these pics from their Friends and Family Barbecue! (Click the photos to enlarge.)

Merrill Gardens Creekside BBQ 2 Merrill Gardens Creekside BBQ 4 Merrill Gardens Creekside BBQ 5

Plus, there was lots of dancing!

Merrill Gardens Creekside BBQ 6 Merrill Gardens Creekside BBQ 3 Merrill Gardens Creekside BBQ 1

Keep up to date on activities from all the Merrill Gardens Communities at our Facebook page!

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook

Give It Up For a 77-Year-Old Roller Derby Queen

Merrill Gardens doesn’t currently have any communities in Cardiff, Wales. But we may need one soon, because the folks there look like our kind of people.

Meet 77-year-old Jeanette Morris, an accomplished roller girl in the 1950s. Almost 60 years later, Jeanette wanted to take another roll around the track, and her daughter found some folks happy to help.

The perfectly named Boba Fettish and Thrill Collins of The Tiger Bay Brawlers stopped banging on opponents long enough to help Ms. Morris – now nicknamed Big Jeanie – for a practice lap. (Personally, we think Ms. Morris was lucky to have these roller girls on her team and not have to go against them.)

Kudos to everyone involved. And way to go Big Jeanie! (Source: SBNation.com)

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter
Share on Facebook