STARS News Release
Millarville Ride for STARS reaches $1M milestone, will host recognition event
September 26, 2012
Millarville, AB, September 26, 2012 – Over 200 riders and 80 volunteers gathered on September 23 for the 20th annual Millarville Ride for STARS. Hosted at the High Noon Ranch, the event reached a goal set 20 years ago; to raise $1 million net. What makes the milestone more special is that it is the first time a volunteer community partnership has generated this amount for STARS.
“More than 25 people there had been touched by STARS, being flown themselves or knowing someone who had,” said Sally Mansour, STARS Events Manager. “It was a very inspirational and touching event. The STARS spirit was definitely alive!”
This was meant to be the final year for the fundraiser, but a new generation of riders from the Millarville community and surrounding areas have stepped up to ensure that the ride continues. Claire Perks, chair of the new committee, has been involved with the event as a rider since she was a child.
A recognition event is set to occur in Millarville on September 30, when the Millarville Ride for STARS logo will be moved to the cowling of the helicopter as a result of their cumulative giving total. Anyone who has been involved with the ride in the past 20 years is invited; committee members, volunteers, sponsors, donors, riders and media. STARS CEO Andrea Robertson will make a special presentation to the community of Millarville and the STARS helicopter, if not on a mission, will land at the event.
Millarville Ride for STARS recognition event
When: September 30, 2012, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Millarville Race Track Hall
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 23,000 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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