CALGARY, AB — $24,900.

Holy Smokes.

That was Bob Snider’s reaction to hearing the total amount that had been raised from the Calgary Roughnecks Star Wars jersey auction. With additional donations, the total presented to STARS Air Ambulance was $25,200.

Not only was he shocked at the total amount raised, but that his own jersey was auctioned off for $1,500.

“I took a peek. I was shocked it would be that high,” laughed Snider. “That’s pretty cool and pretty flattering. Being a local kid and doing what we do here with the ELEV8 program, it’s a compliment that people are out there and they want to support a great cause and get a Bob Snider jersey.”

While Snider’s jersey was one of the highest bids in the auction, another jersey came close to doubling that amount. Curtis Dickson’s Star Wars Night jersey went for $2,675.

In fact, that amount rivals the highest bids other Calgary Sport & Entertainment Corporation jerseys have received.

The level of support shown by our fans has been incredible and we are very proud to be part of such a generous community. The $24,900 raised is the most funds has collected in an online auction to date.

“We are very grateful for the incredible support our Star Wars jersey auction received,” said Roughnecks general manager Mike Board. “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. On behalf of the Calgary Roughnecks, thank you to all bidders for investing in the safety of our community.”

All of the proceeds from the jersey auction will go directly to STARS Air Ambulance, an organization that relies heavily on the support of the community.

The money will go towards training the crews to deal with the critically injured by providing them with the proper equipment to get the most positive outcomes when taking care of the sickest of the sick.

“It’s awesome to see the proceeds all go to STARS Air Ambulance and the fact that we’ve raised a ton of money for them is awesome,” Snider said.

“STARS is very thankful for the overwhelming community support for this unique fundraiser held by the Calgary Roughnecks. We strive to provide the best in patient care, and this is possible only through the support of people like you,” said Andrea Robertson, president and CEO of STARS. “Your generosity will touch the lives of our patients and their loved ones. It truly does take a community to save a life.”

Star Wars Night was very successful and allowed the Roughnecks to celebrate and give back to ‘The Force’ – otherwise known as the first responders and other emergency workers in Calgary.

But STARS was not the only charity to benefit.

Roughnecks stalwart defender Scott Carnegie, working as a firefighter in Calgary, is part of The Force and he wanted to help make a difference. That’s why he and his wife decided to make a personal donation to the Calgary Firefighter Burn Treatment Society.

“It was pretty special,” admitted Carnegie. “First of all, it was good to help out a good cause. They do a lot of work in the community and a lot of those guys donate time. It’s nice to be able to help out. It’s good that they could come and support the cause. We feel pretty lucky, so my wife and I decided to donate some money and the Calgary Roughnecks Foundation matched it, which they didn’t have to, so it was totally awesome.”

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