Mary Louise VanNatta of VanNatta Public Relations Honored with Distinguished Service Award from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce

Salem, Oregon), April 13, 2019– Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, of VanNatta Public Relations was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

She received the recognition at the 69th Annual First Citizen’s Banquet March 8. The annual event honors individuals who exemplify servant leadership in the community.

In her introduction, Chamber President, T.J. Sullivan said, “Mary Louise has dedicated her life to being a champion for Salem and has a long history of volunteer involvement in the community. Mary Louise has spent years dedicated to public relations and event planning.”

In addition, she was recognized for her role in creating the Salem Fire Foundation. In less than four years the Foundation has placed 130 AED’s into police car and over 140 in the community as well as teaching over 13,000 eighth-graders CPR.

Entering to the Queen hit “Don’t Stop Me Now,” VanNatta dedicated her award to her father, Fred VanNatta, sharing that he always knew how to put problems into perspective. “My father always told me that If your problems can be solved with money or hard work, then you don’t have a problem,” she said.

VanNatta also received the William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oregon Public Relations Society last year.

Watch the video of her presentation below.


Mary Louise VanNatta has over 30 years of public relations experience. She is one of the few people in Oregon with her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America. She has consulted with such nationally recognized clients as the NFL, NBA, Alamo Rental Car and Cricket Communications. She has worked with the Medical Foundation of Marion and Polk Counties to plan fundraising events with celebrities such as Jane Goodall, Jean-Michael Cousteau and the late Barbara Bush.

Founded in 1967, VanNatta Public Relations is a Salem-based public relation, association management and event planning firm. The success of VanNatta Public Relations, Inc. is the result of experienced and knowledgeable staff who thrive in an ever-changing and demanding environment. From politicians and campaigns to nonprofits and associations, VanNatta PR works to help clients meet their goals and reach for new ones. For more information about VPR visit or call 503-585-8254.