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STARS recognizes a number of supporters at National Philanthropy Day


STARS recognized a number of their donors, volunteers and supporting organizations at National Philanthropy Day celebrations this month, both in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Nominations were selected by the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation and were recognized at their respective events with a commemorative plaque and celebratory luncheon.

On Nov. 8 in Edmonton, the Vision Critical Campaign Cabinet was nominated in the Health category. This cabinet consisted of 66 business leaders from Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary, all with the common goal of raising $25 million in a provincial capital campaign for the purchase of two new AW139 helicopters. In the end, the group exceeded their campaign goal, amassing $26.5 million.

The All for STARS Group, a community group dedicated to supporting the air ambulance service, was recognized in the Outreach category.

Very Important Patient and STARS supporter Marg Kenny was nominated in the Public Service category. Kenny was involved in a horrific motor vehicle collision that broke her neck, back, eight ribs, and sternum. She also suffered from a severely damaged ankle and knee. Since her recovery, she has donated hundreds of hours to STARS and thousands have heard her speak passionately about her experience with STARS. She is an outstanding ambassador and a much loved member of the STARS family. 

Rounding out the Edmonton nominations was the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA), also recognized in the Public Service sector. The ACSA has been a longtime STARS supporter, guided by a shared initiative of education, safety and saving lives. The ACSA partnered with STARS in 2011 to create the Building Magic in the Air Gala, which has raised more than $400,000 for STARS in its three years. ACSA’s contribution to STARS has ensured their continued availability to all Albertans.

In Regina, Crescent Point Energy was named the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist during the annual event on Nov. 15, a fitting recognition for the lead donor to the STARS program in Saskatchewan. Accepting the award on behalf of Crescent Point Energy was vice president, engineering Ryan Gritzfeldt and social responsibility representative Anna Palmiere (pictured).

In Saskatoon, the SaskTel Pioneers were selected by STARS and presented with the Honoured Supporter Award. The Pioneers graciously sold lottery tickets for STARS during this past spring’s lottery fundraiser.

According to the Assocation Fundraising Professionals president, Edmonton & area Susan McCoy, National Philanthropy Day is a day set aside to thank those individuals and corporations who give without hesitation to their friends, neighbors, colleagues and even to complete strangers. STARS continues to be thankful for the generosity of all of its donors and is honoured to have been able to recognize a number of them at National Philanthropy Day across the prairies. 

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