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Roughnecks’ Star Wars jersey auction nets nearly $25,000 for STARS Air Ambulance
STARS crew members accept a $25,200 cheque from the Calgary Roughnecks on April 28, 2016
Published Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:36PM MDT
The Calgary Roughnecks presented STARS Air Ambulance with a sizable cheque on Thursday following the sale of the National Lacrosse League team’s game worn, Star Wars themed jerseys from their April 9 tilt with the Vancouver Stealth.
“The Star Wars jerseys helped I think,” laughed Rougnecks transition player Bob Snider of the auction’s success.
“Being able to provide that funding for (STARS) is huge. It was a great success. We’re pretty happy that it happened and I think we’ll be doing it again in the future.”
The auction of the jerseys, which include images of the Death Star, Darth Vader and TIE fighters, raised $24,900, setting a new record for the online auction house Elevate Auctions. Combined with $300 in private donations, the Roughnecks raised $25,200 for STARS.
Sean Craigen, a former STARS patient, credits the organization with saving his life.
“When I was 20, I was injured road racing motorcycles at Race City Speedway and they determined that my injuries were so severe that the regular ground ambulance wasn’t going to be sufficient,” said Sean Cragien. “The only reason I’m alive today is because of the STARS program.”
Roughnecks GM Mike Board voiced his appreciation to the lacrosse fans that purchased the jerseys.
“STARS plays a crucial role in saving lives in western Canada and the funds generously donated today will continue to support its efforts to provide rapid, specialized care to patients in need,” said Board. “On behalf of the Calgary Roughnecks, thank you to all bidders for investing in the safety of our community.”