Contact: Kelly B Connor-Fiorella
Office: 716-484-4130
Mobile: 716-499-4089
E-mail: ConnorFiorellak@upmc.edu

Contact: Linda Johnson
Office: 716-664-8614
Mobile: 716-969-2113
E-mail: Johnsonlj4@upmc.edu

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Starflight, Starry Night Event Spotlights Starflight Program

Press Release Photo
Starflight Helicopter.

 

JAMESTOWN, NY, (Saturday, May 12, 2018)—Starflight, Starry Night, third annual fundraiser and awareness event, will be held at the Chautauqua Suites located at 215 West Lake Road, Mayville, on Saturday, May 12. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the public is invited.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Starflight program. Event tickets are $65 per person or $125 per couple. Reservations are appreciated by calling Kelly Fiorella, community outreach coordinator, at 716-484-4130 or emailing ConnorFiorellak@upmc.edu.

The evening will include remarks from Betsy T. Wright, president, Starflight program; New York State Senator, Catharine Young, 57th Senate District; David Thomas, executive director, W.C.A. Services Corporation; and Sheriff, Joseph Gerace, board member, Starflight program.

“The Starflight program plays a vital role in our ability to get the most critical patients to specialty tertiary centers in time to save their lives,” said Wright. “We are indebted to the specialized physicians, medevac flight crew, health care specialists, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department, W.C.A. Services Corporation staff, and civic and governmental representatives who have shaped this program into one of the finest medevac services in this region.  It is from their compassion and dedication that we continue to serve our patients who rely and depend upon first-rate immediate medical treatment.”

During the affair, guests will be treated to a social hour, live entertainment by The Party Squad, Jamestown Harmony Express, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and gourmet dinner. Other highlights of the evening include, a silent auction, raffle, and a special Starflight helicopter appearance (weather permitting).

The first annual Starflight EMS Agency of the Year award will be presented to the Chautauqua Fire Department. This award is presented to an EMS agency that has shown commitment to emergency services and support of Starflight’s lifesaving mission.

“On behalf of everyone at the Chautauqua Fire Department, I am honored to accept this distinguished award,” said Jesse Briggs, chief, Chautauqua Fire Department. “In 2017, the Chautauqua Fire Department participated in 331 calls, 218 of those calls were EMS related. Starflight has proven to be a vital service in this region and we will continue to support them in any way we can.” 

This event is proudly sponsored by UPMC Chautauqua WCA, UPMC Hamot, Dunkirk Avionics, LLC., King’s Heating, C & R Construction, Barmore Sellstrom, Quick Med Claims, Register Graphics, DFT Communications, Pace Promotional Solutions, North Eastern Rescue Vehicles, Casella Waste Management, Cusimano’s Carstar Collision, Inc., Welder’s Supply, J. Edwards Insurance Agency, Community Eyecare Specialists, Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Shults Auto Group, and Ahlstrom Schaeffer Electric Corp.

Donations for the silent auctions and raffles are graciously accepted and can be dropped off at 28 Maple Street, Jamestown. If you are unable to attend, but would like to help support the mission of Starflight, Inc., a tax-deductible donation can be made online at Starflight.org or by sending a check to P.O. Box 382, Jamestown, NY, 14702 or the WCA Foundation, Betty Sheldon Starflight Fund at 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown, NY, 14701. Starflight, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization.

 

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About Starflight, Inc.

In 2017, the program completed 432 flights and over 10,000 since inception in 1986. Flights are being made to tertiary care centers to help critically ill and injured patients from the communities of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Warren, Allegany and McKean Counties. Without this program, area hospitals would need to find less effective and slower means of transport for these patients in desperate need of urgent care. Technology is constantly changing and the two MD-900 Explorer helicopters are always being upgraded with the latest technological advances to ensure the safest transport for both the patient and crews. For more information, visit Starflight.org or call 716-484-4130.

 

 

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