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STARS News Release

Former Stampede Princess and STARS patient parking for STARS

July 6, 2012

Calgary, Alberta, July 6, 2012 – Media are invited to an event on July 7, 2012 from 10 a.m. to noon at 625 25 Avenue S.E. aimed to raise awareness about STARS and promote the Park for STARS fundraiser. Former Stampede Princess and STARS patient Janelle Phillips will be available for interviews from 11-11:30 a.m. to speak about how STARS made a positive impact in her life. The STARS Mobile Education Unit bus, human patient simulator and staff will also be in attendance.

Park for STARS, an initiative that is entering its 19th year and organized by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Calgary Civic Union Coalition, has raised over $423,000 for STARS by operating a low-cost parking lot during the Calgary Stampede. The lot is in operation from 5 to11 p.m. during weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. The cost to park a vehicle is $15, with all proceeds going to STARS. A shuttle will be operating this year to transport visitors to and from the Stampede grounds on a regular basis.

When: July 7, 2012, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: 625 25 Avenue S.E.

STARS is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides rapid and specialized emergency medical care and transportation for critically ill and injured patients. STARS has flown more than 22,000 missions since 1985, and operates from five bases in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, including Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina and Winnipeg. A new base is anticipated to open in Saskatoon in late 2012.

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Cam Heke
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