Brooks: 2022 STARS and Spurs gala breaks records

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Hot on the heels of the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards on April 27, another record breaking event took place at the BMO Center on April 30. More than 1,180 guests attended the 2022 Petroleum Services Association of Canada STARS & Spurs Gala by the STARS Air Ambulance Service. The fabulous party, presented by Precision Drilling, brought together a who’s who in the patch and featured a keynote address from Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage (and here I have to commend Savage for recently appointed Queen’s Counsel).

Now in its 28th year, the gala has raised over $18 million for STARS over 27 years. And this year’s gala generously added to the total, raising more than $1.1 million. The gala has the distinction of being the longest and largest fundraiser in Alberta.

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Gala Chair, President and COO of STEP Energy Services Steve Glanville said, “This year’s PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala theme is fitting: Progress is in the air. The resilience of people working in the energy industry is remarkable and the growing sense of positivity and optimism is palpable.

The evening included an acknowledgment and blessing of the earth with Verna Powderface; the Chiniki Lake Dance and Singing Team; performances by the Ukrainian dance ensemble Tryzub; a powerful keynote from Joel Irwin, STARS Very Important Patient; amazing live and silent auction items; and raffles galore. For many, the highlight of the evening was legendary rocker Tom Cochrane’s appearance on stage with Red Rider, preceded by the opening act for Nice Horse.

Others present included: PSAC President and CEO Gurpreet Lail; STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson; Terri Strunk, STARS Fundraising and Brand Manager; STARS COO Mike Lamacchia and his wife Liana; Halliburton’s John Gorman and Tracy Wood; industry live auction committee co-chairs Darrell Peterson of Bennett Jones and Dirk LePoole of Di-Corp; sponsorship committee co-chairs Chris McCullough of ARCUS Power and Peter Christopher of ARC Financial.

Pictured from left to right at the 2022 PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala, Krista Wodelet and Katie Rox of Nice Horse, Tracy Wood, legendary Canadian singer Tom Cochrane, John Gorman of Halliburton and Brandi Sidoryk and Tara McLeod of Nice Horse . .jpg
Left to right, PSAC President and CEO Gurpreet Lail, STARS Head of Fundraising and Branding Terri Strunk and STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson .  The gala saw record attendance and funds raised.
Left to right, PSAC President and CEO Gurpreet Lail, STARS Head of Fundraising and Branding Terri Strunk and STARS President and CEO Andrea Robertson . The gala saw record attendance and funds raised. .jpg
STARS COO Mike Lamacchia and his wife Liana were among more than 1,100 guests.
STARS COO Mike Lamacchia and his wife Liana were among more than 1,100 guests. .jpg
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage delivered an inspirational speech at the 2022 PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala at the BMO Centre.  Pictured with Savage is her husband Eric Savage.
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage delivered an inspirational speech at the 2022 PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala at the BMO Centre. Pictured with Savage is her husband Eric Savage. .jpg
Tripp Holler, left, and Greg Albright aka Stretch and Tripp pictured at the 2022 PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala.
Tripp Holler, left, and Greg Albright aka Stretch and Tripp pictured at the 2022 PSAC STARS & Spurs Gala. .jpg

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