Community Outreach

Charity Event for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Winning team accepting the MFS Helping Hands Trophy.

(Front) Siena McLaven- SickKids Patient Ambassador, (From back left to right)  Aldo Pallisco – MPT, David Townsend – MPT, Eric Pietras – MPT, S  Brian Skaggs - Blue Star

Magna Powertrain - Motor Specialty Manufacturing (MSM) held their annual charity golf tournament on September 7, 2013 in support of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The tournament was held at Glen Eagle Golf Club in Caledon, Ontario. All participants had a great time and the event was a huge success with over $80,000 raised for SickKids. Both Blue Star and Bar-Tech Enterprises LTD (Blue Star distributor) proudly sponsored the charity event. In addition to our annual sponsorship activity, Blue Star unveiled the first Blue Star "Kegarator" as a beverage station to help increase money raised for SickKids.

About The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Located in Toronto, SickKids is the largest pediatric academic health sciences center in Canada and is much more than a hospital. The staff is driven, every day, by a mission to improve the health of children by providing the best in family-centered care, creating groundbreaking scientific and clinical advancements and training the next generation of experts in child health. Their work is having an impact provincially, nationally and around the world.


By day, John Clinton is an Area Manager in Ohio for Blue Star.  By night he is the lead singer in a classic rock band called “Johnny and the Revelators.”  But this is not just any band.  Johnny and The Revelators play with a singular goal…….raise money for the fight against cancer.  


The band has been playing together since the mid 1990’s but the pivotal event in their evolution was the 2009 loss of Clinton’s wife, Michelle, to brain cancer after a courageous 9 year battle.  


Curt Wellington, a guitarist for the band, said, “We wanted to take our music to a higher level; Michelle gave us a purpose to take it to a higher cause.”


On October 2nd, the band provided entertainment at the inaugural Witches Night Out, a breast cancer fundraiser at Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio. Together with her sisters, Julie Fisher Prettyman created a witch-themed evening with all proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  


“People helping people,” Clinton said. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Leeds Farm in this event and the struggle against cancer.”


“We are personally involved in this,” Wellington said. “This is what we do and why we do it.”


Today Clinton is happily remarried to Carol, a wonderful woman.  John fondly says, “I was fortunate to find my soul mate twice.”

 An article in the Delaware Gazette about the Witches Night Out can be found via the following link.


Learn more about the band. 

Blue Star's Ike Hackett is very active in his church, the Lewistown Nazarene Church in Lewistown, Illinois. On September 11, 2013 Ike presented a $2,000 check on behalf of his church to the Lewistown American Legion Post No. 1. Every year the church makes a donation to benefit veterans. The presentation was made at a recently dedicated Veterans Monument at Porter Park. The photo shows Ike presenting the donation to Commander Bob Hazzard. It was published in The Fulton Democrat newspaper.


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