Industry and Community Unite to Keep STARS in the Sky

    CALGARY, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - On Saturday, January 19, 2008, more than 1,000
petroleum industry leaders, staff, and guests converged at the Roundup centre
in Calgary for a star-studded evening of entertainment and activity which
raised a net total of $348,000 for the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society
    The event, hosted by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC),
in partnership with STARS, has now raised a whopping $3.4 million dollars in
its 14-year history, making PSAC the largest corporate supporter of STARS. The
evening kicked-off with a bang as the Guns of the West waged battle to get the
audience seated and then guests were treated to a performance by country music
artist George Canyon, and headlining Canadian country music band Doc Walker in
addition to a live and silent auction. The event, formerly known as the
STARLIGHT STARBRIGHT WESTERN NIGHT was also officially unveiled with a new
name: The PSAC STARS & SPURS Gala.
    "We are really excited about having a new brand for the event, because it
allows us to keep the event fresh and exciting to ensuring that we can
continue this incredible partnership for years to come," says Carel Hoyer,
Chair of the PSAC STARS & SPURS organizing committee, Group VP - Weatherford
International, and 1st Vice Chair of the PSAC Board. "Right now the petroleum
services industry is experiencing a significant downturn, and so we're
thrilled that support for this event remains strong, because STARS is such an
excellent cause."
    Those in attendance included the Honourable Dave Rodney, MLA for Calgary
Lougheed and Chair of the Calgary Caucus; Dr. Greg Powell, CEO and Founder of
STARS; Roger Soucy, President of PSAC; and Frank Tirpak, Chairman of PSAC and
President & CEO of Lonkar Inc.
    Roger Soucy, PSAC President says, "by-and-large, it's petroleum service
companies who support the event. These are the companies who have people are
in the field, often in remote locations, and so the service that STARS
provides is essential to saving lives not just for people in our industry, but
for people throughout Alberta and beyond."
    "This is a tremendous example of what can be accomplished when industry
and community come together to achieve something great," Soucy adds.

    The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade
association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within
the upstream petroleum industry. PSAC represents a diverse range of over 270
member companies, employing more than 67,000 people and contracting almost
exclusively to oil and gas exploration and production companies. PSAC member
companies represent over 80 per cent of the business volume generated in the
petroleum services industry.

    Event Photos will be available at in the "media" section.

For further information:

For further information: Rob Gray, Manager, Communications & Member
Relations, Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC), (403) 781-7388,;  Bart Goemans, Manager, Communications, STARS Air Rescue, (403)

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