NorthStar Ford Group Canada Raises More Than $102,000 for Alberta Charities From 4th Annual Charity Poker Tournament

FORT MCMURRAY, AB--(Marketwired - May 1, 2015) - NorthStar Ford Group Canada raised $102,851.11 at the 4th Annual NorthStar Ford Charity Poker Tournament on March 15, 2015. The proceeds were split in half between the Northern Lights Health Foundation and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

Mary Giles, dealer principal of NorthStar Ford Group, said, "We are so grateful to our sponsors, players and donors for making this tournament a success once again. Our health care professionals have an incredibly tough job, and we are more than happy to do our small part to give them the best tools we can to do their jobs."

The Northern Lights Health Foundation and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation were presented with their cheques for $51,000 on April 8 and April 20 respectively. The Northern Lights Health Foundation plans on using the funds to research and provide enhancements to palliative care services in the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. The Alberta Children's Hospital funds will go towards purchasing state-of-the-art equipment, such as cardiorespiratory monitors, to respond and intervene within seconds of a potential problem to save children's lives. The funds will also go towards continuing innovative research, world-class expertise and family-centred programs.

There were 124 participants in the poker tournament, live auction and silent auction this year. Three people were declared winners of the tournament: first place was Phil Lefebvre, second place was Dean Hanson and third place was Bevan Frizzell. The second and third place winners donated half of their winnings back to the event for the two charities.

The top bidders for the live auction included Marty Janzen of TCB Trailers, who donated $7,000, and Paula MacLean, who donated $6,300. The seven live auction items on the block sold for a total of $30,600. The top bidders for the silent auction were Brian Ross, who donated $500, and Jason Frank, who donated $550. There were 54 silent auction items total which raised $8,270.

NorthStar Ford Group Canada is located in Fort McMurray, Calgary, Cochrane and Fort McKay. The staff at NorthStar Ford Group is passionately committed to ensuring that the customer has a vehicle in his or her hands as many minutes a year as possible in order to live life to the fullest. 

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