24-Hour Jam builds on suc­cess

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The Old Grouch’s 24-hour Jam con­tin­ues to be a boon for STARS Air Am­bu­lance with an­other stel­lar event.

Bruce and Gisele Dick­son of STARS were on hand Friday af­ter­noon, July 29, 2016 to ac­cept this year’s do­na­tion of $9,000. This does not in­clude an an­nual do­na­tion from the Town of Drumheller of $5,000.

The fundrais­ing event, which goes typ­i­cally the first week­end of June, brings out val­ley mu­si­cians who rock around the clock in ben­e­fit of STARS. This puts the 10-year to­tal for the event at about $101,000.

Fran and Garry Nar­gang be­gan the event after STARS saved their grand­son’s life. He was struck by a car and was air­lifted.

“Be­cause of STARS’ quick re­sponse, he is liv­ing quite a nor­mal life and at­tend­ing Mount Royal Univer­sity,” said Nar­gang.

Since then, the com­mu­nity has shown great sup­port for the event. Along with mu­sic, there is a silent auc­tion with items do­nated by the com­mu­nity. The staff also has do­nated their wages and tips to sup­port the cause.

The gang at the Old Grouch’s al­ways comes up with a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive to loosen the wal­let. This in­cludes ev­ery­thing from crazy cos­tumes to Sumo wrestling. This year they had a celebrity dunk tank.

For their ef­forts, they were pre­sented with a STARS wind vane to in­stall at the restau­rant.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The 24-Hour Jam at the Old Grouch’s this year raised $9,000, bring­ing its over­all to­tal since it be­gan to $101,000. At the pre­sen­ta­tion are (l-r) Bruce Dick­son, Garry Nar­gang, Gisele Dick­son and Fran Nar­gang.

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