October 3, 2022

Community leaders raise $230,000 for STARS to help the next patient in need

Edmonton, Oct. 3, 2022 — Four Edmonton business and community leaders raised more than $230,000 during STARS’ Rescue on the River, held on Sept. 29.

This year’s brave participants include, Jay Froc, SVP Oil Sands Mining and Upgrading, CNRL, Scott Held, President of Sherwood Park and St. Albert Dodges & President, Mercedes-Benz Edmonton West, Chris Joseph, Edmonton Oilers Alumni, and Michael Lowe, Dealer/Owner, Northgate Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Rescue participants were airlifted by helicopter to a remote location outside of Edmonton Thursday morning. To secure their ‘rescue’ and return to civilization, they needed to raise at least $50,000 each using their mobile phones and personal networks.

The public was encouraged to support the participants by donating online.

“Being part of Rescue on the River and seeing firsthand the amount of commitment and dedication from each member of the STARS team is something I will never forget. These are real people who go above and beyond each and every day for the call of duty,” said Mike Lowe, Dealer/Owner, Northgate Chevrolet Buick GMC.

“It was an eye-opening experience – the infrastructure of the organization, the enthusiasm and professionalism of the medical personnel, pilots, and all the support staff simply amazed me. I’m proud to have had a small role in the ongoing success of this essential organization. Not only that, but it was also a fun day,” said Scott Held, President of Sherwood Park and St. Albert Dodges & President, Mercedes-Benz Edmonton West.

The opportunity to learn more about STARS’ operations hands-on through the challenges enabled some of the participants to gain a deeper appreciation for the organization and its importance to the safety and well-being of communities across Western Canada.

“STARS was built by the community for the community, and this amazing event certainly demonstrated that,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO. “A heartfelt thank you to the people of Alberta for their incredibly generous support.”

Media Contact:
Deborah Tetley, STARS | mediainfo@stars.ca | RescueontheRiver.ca


Simply put, STARS fights for life. Since we embarked on our first mission in 1985, we’ve been driven by the goal of providing people the vital care they need when they need it the most. Whether it’s offering hands-on training to rural medical providers or providing rapid, emergency medical transportation for the critically ill and injured, we operate 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg, anticipating and acting when people need our help. Learn more at stars.ca.