STARS Jewels 'n Jeans Gala a huge success
STARS is celebrating a successful fundraising gala that will help fund the helicopter ambulance service in Saskatchewan. STARS Foundation Executive Vice President, Rod Gantefoer, says the April 11 Jewels 'n Jeans Gala in Regina drew more than 400 people and exceeded expectations by raising more than $164,000.
“Our inaugural gala in Regina went incredibly well in terms of financial success; generating awareness about our mission and simply executing a wonderful event that people were enthusiastic about.”
The money raised through the live and silent auctions will go towards operating the two Saskatchewan bases. STARS pilot Jacques Poirier was thrilled when a tiered live auction netted $35,000 in funding for aircraft fuel. “That’s enough fuel for about 35 missions so it’s a very tangible product that potentially saves lives,” said Poirier.
STARS VIP (Very Important Patient) Carrie Derin had the crowd on their feet to thunderous applause when she called on to the stage the air medical crew that saved her life last summer. Carrie and her family were enjoying a family outing in Moose Mountain Provincial Park when she was impaled in her abdomen by a poplar tree that had fallen on the quad trail. She received a life-saving blood transfusion while being transported by STARS to Regina. “It seems fitting that I am here tonight to talk about how the STARS family helped to bring me back to my family.”
STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson called it serendipity that hundreds of people would gather to help raise money for STARS while both helicopters were out on missions.
A second STARS-organized gala will be held September 14 in Saskatoon.