PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala Raises Remarkable $1.15 million!

CALGARY, AB (January 23, 2018) – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) proudly held its 24th annual STARS & SPURS Gala bringing the total funds raised, since its inception, over $15 million for the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS). This is the longest-running and largest fundraiser in Alberta. This year’s gala raised a phenomenal $1,151,057.

“Allies like PSAC help us soar. It is this support that fuels our passion and innovation as we deliver critical care to our patients,” said Andrea Robertson, President and CEO, STARS. “PSAC’s generosity and commitment has never wavered during times of growth and change, and for that, we are incredibly grateful. With a record-setting total raised at the gala this year, we have much to celebrate as we look back on this 24-year partnership built on purpose, community spirit and commitment to excellence.”

“While safety incidents in the sector are fortunately down, PSAC members and their customers continue to appreciate STARS being available should disaster strike,” said President and CEO of PSAC, Mark Salkeld. “Despite three of the most difficult years this industry has ever seen, oilfield services companies and their customers, the E&P companies, showed overwhelming support and appreciation for STARS generously giving to ensure the continued success of this critical service that is delivered with the highest levels of competence, skills and compassion.”

More than 1200 guests attended the PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala on Saturday, January 20, at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park and included the Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta Minister of Energy and her Chief of Staff, Matthew Williamson. Gala guests enjoyed dinner, an outstanding performance by Juno Award Winner, reigning CCMA Male Artist of the Year, and Fans’ Choice winner Brett Kissel, raffles, live and silent auctions, dancing and the chance to network.

In addition to all the great silent and live auction items donated for the event, the evening’s performer, Brett Kissel, spontaneously offered two house concerts and two trips to Nashville to the live auction, which alone raised over $160,000. A huge thank you to Brett Kissel for his generosity.

Gala guests also toasted the 2018 Honourary Patron Doug McNeill who was recognized for his contributions to the oilfield services sector and success of PSAC.

In addition to representatives from the energy sector, the event was attended by a number of STARS’ crew members and volunteers and Very Important Patient (VIP) Lorna White, who was seriously injured when a bouncing boulder landed on her while she pausing to take a picture during a hike.

The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. As the voice of Canada’s petroleum service, supply and manufacturing sector, PSAC advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to Canada’s energy explorers and producers, helping to increase efficiency, improve safety and protect the environment.

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PSAC Media Contact:

Mark Salkeld, President & CEO
Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)
Phone:  403.264.4195

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