$500,000 has already been committed to the Legacy Campaign to help out local youth.
The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation, first launched by local Olympic skier Emily Brydon, was formed 13 years ago to ensure money always be available to youth looking accomplish their dreams.
They launched the Legacy Campaign on March 2nd in hopes of establishing a permanent endowment fund that uses the interest it collects to give back to the community.
The Foundation received far more applications for funds in the 2018-2019 season that its budget allowed, which they say was an eye-opening and heartbreaking experience. According to the Foundation's website, 112 applications have been received since June 1st, 2018, and 760 youth in the community have been helped by them since its inception.
A press from the Foundation says the high demand is what inspired the creation of the Legacy Campaign.
Already, the Campaign is halfway towards their seven-figure goal, which includes a recent contribution from the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies Summit Fund of $100,000.
“I am inspired and humbled by the generosity of people and the trust they have in the foundation to ensure youth in the Elk Valley are provided equal opportunity to experience and chase their dreams," says Brydon.
“All of us at the EBYF are humbled by the generosity of the Fernie community," adds Board Director Chris Slubicki. "We are 50% of the way to our goal as we launch the Legacy Campaign. With the support of the Fernie community, we are confident we can meet and exceed our $1-million goal.”
More details on the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation can be found here.