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Fort Macleod tournament delivers for STARS air ambulance

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Mike Bourassa and Lauren Roelofsen of the Fort Macleod STARS Charity Volleyball Tournament presented a $10,835 cheque Friday to Kristy Campbell of the STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service) Foundation.

Staff at the STARS Foundation hasn’t won a game yet at the Fort Macleod STARS Charity Volleyball Tournament.
That doesn’t deter them from coming back year after year.
“This event is the only one our staff is begging to go to,” Kristy Campbell, a development co-ordinator with STARS, said with a laugh. “It’s a really great event.”
Campbell was in Fort Macleod on Friday to pick up a $10,835 cheque, which represents the money raised at the 2018 tournament.
That’s enough money to fund two missions by the air ambulance based in Calgary.
“It’s incredible,” Campbell said of the volleyball tournament in Fort Macleod. “It’s a massive event. I think it’s so impressive they have put it on for so many years. They obviously have a ton of community support.”
Forty-four co-ed teams in competitive, intermediate and recreational divisions descended on Fort Macleod in April for the 16th annual tournament.
Registration is $350 per team, with donations from businesses and individuals adding to the fund-raising total.
“It’s fun,” Campbell said. “It’s a great event to support a great cause.”
Over 16 years the tournament has raised more than $80,000 for STARS, which depends on the generosity of Albertans for most of its budget.
About 80 per cent of the STARS $10-million annual budget is funded by events such as the tournament, as well as private donations.
Campbell said events such as the tournament are important in spreading the word about STARS air ambulance.
“The more advertising there is about STARS and the more events like this, the more likely other people will be interested and know that they can be part of it,” Campbell said.
The service is well-utilized in southwestern Alberta.
During 2016-’17 the helicopter flew six missions each to Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek, nine to Claresholm, 11 to Cardston, five to Nanton, one each to Stavely and Raymond and 74 to Lethbridge.
STARS wasn’t the only financial beneficiary from the tournament.
Tournament organizers spent more than $21,000 in town for goods and services, including $12,550.48 spent at businesses, $5,488 paid to community groups who undertook jobs associated with the tournament, and $3,100 to people who worked at the tournament.

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