​Over $700,000 raised at PSAC’s 23rd annual STARS & SPURS gala

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The longest-running and largest fundraiser in Alberta was held this week, bringing in $717,460 for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) in one evening.

Hosted by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), the annual STARS & SPURS Gala has raised over $13 million for STARS over the last 23 years.

This year's gala featured two recent STARS patients: Hank Postma, who was flown from Nakiska after a heart attack, and Mitch Arsenault, who was transported from an industry site after a medical emergency.

“The partnership between PSAC and STARS was built upon steadfast support, hard work and Albertan pride. The generosity we have received from the petroleum industry has never wavered, no matter the economic climate, and for that, we’re very appreciative of the support,” STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson said in a statement.

“It’s that community pride and generosity of spirit that has sustained Albertans through floods and fires, booms and busts and it’s what has made the PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala such a success story. Thank you so much! Your support saves lives.”

PSAC CEO Mark Salkheld added that, "The generosity of the oil and natural gas industry, is humbling considering the prolonged difficult times in the sector. Even though this sector is only just now experiencing a slight increase in activity, appreciation for the value of STARS inspired everyone to come out for a great night of western fun, entertainment and generosity.”

The event recognized 2017 Honourary Patron Dave Yager for his contributions to the oilfield services sector and success of PSAC, as well as former PSAC board member Ihor Mazuryk who passed away in 2016 and who is credited for helping begin the fantastic relationship between PSAC and STARS.