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.

Just Posted

Slide on Momma Bear run causes Polar Peak to close

One individual trapped in slide, rescued by CARDA

Fernie Skating Club performs annual show

On Saturday, February 18, the Fernie Skating Club braved the cold, and… Continue reading

Outstanding support for Blankman family

“There’s no shortage of support in this town if you need it,” said Maggie.

Ghostriders accelerating towards playoffs

Fernie’s first playoff game of the season is this Sunday, February 25 in Sparwood.

City of Cranbrook culls 50 urban deer

In an effort to reduce incidents of deer aggression across the community,… Continue reading

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

OLYMPICS 101: Oldest and youngest Canadians to reach the podium

This year, Canada sent its most athletes in Winter Games history, here’s a look at record breakers

Fly Fishing Film Fest coming to Fernie, March 1st

On March 1, the doors will open at The Vogue Theatre to… Continue reading

Most Read