Tara Higgins donated her artwork to the auction which was held at Island Lake Lodge. Photo courtesy of Troy Nixon

Local artists support youth at Island Lake Lodge Gala

Art auction and gala event raises over $20,000 for Emily Brydon Youth Foundation

It was an evening of fine wines, great food and spectacular artwork; all for a good cause.

Island Lake Lodge hosted the second annual Art on the Mountains Collide on the Divide in support of the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation.

The fundraiser is the group’s main event for the year, which supports youth in the Elk Valley.

“It’s a pretty magical evening,” said Emily Brydon, three-time Olympic alpine skier and founder of the youth organization.

There was nine pieces of artwork auctioned, from renowned artists across the province.

“It was so powerful having that art on display,” said Brydon, adding that she is touched, and just so thankful for the beautiful donations from the artists.

Island Lake Lodge served a dinner, with wine pairings. A day of cat skiing with Brydon was also auctioned.

The Emily Brydon Foundation supports over 150 children in the area annually, through funding a wide variety of activities like sports, arts, speech therapy and more.

“Basically anything in the Elk Valley that youth would want to do,” said Brydon, explaining that she was inspired to start the foundation because of financial struggles she faced as a child wanting to play sports.

Since its inception 12 years ago, the foundation has helped over 760 children and invested over $430,000 in local youth.

“I don’t want any other child that’s in that situation to be hindered or held back,” said Brydon.

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