The 2021 PSAC STARS & Spurs campaign has nearly reached the halfway point of its $1 million donation goal raising $450,000 at the first of three planned events for STARS Air Ambulance.
On Saturday more than 1,200 guests tuned in to the Safe@Home gala for STARS Air Ambulance.
Dave McHattie, chair of the PSAC STARS Gala Committee said despite the challenging times in the oil and gas industry, the sector came together to contribute to the essential medical services STARS provides in the first of three planned events.
“The amount raised on Saturday was 50 per cent of our nearly $1 million donation objective with the campaign only one third of the way,” said McHattie, who is vice-chair of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC). “We are pleased that we still have the 50/50 and Live Industry Auction in May providing many more opportunities for supporters of our industry to get involved and donate to this essential service and to bring us to our final fundraising goal.”
Attendees were treated to performances by Bobby Willis, George Canyon and Gord Bamford and others. Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall was recognized as the 2021 Honouary Patron for his efforts in bringing the vital service of STARS to Saskatchewan and his ongoing promotion of Canadian energy.
“We are so proud of this loyal and generous partnership with PSAC and its members and indeed grateful to the entire community,” said Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS. “To see you rise above the challenges of the past year and still find a way to support the patients who need STARS is astounding. There is no greater proof that the Canadian philanthropic spirit is alive and well than you contributing to the care of our most vulnerable patients. Thank you for riding along with us on every mission.”
Saturday’s event has brought total funds raised since the PSAC STARS & Spurs gala inception to more than $17 million for STARS. It is the longest-running and largest fundraiser in Alberta.