Humbled. Proud. Community. Sustainable.
Those are the words that come to mind as I sit here and reflect back on the 8th annual Emily Brydon Youth Foundation Golf Tournament. Raising a whopping $25,000 at this year’s tournament will ensure that we can invest close to $40,000 back into the community for another year.
The EBYF golf day is really so much more than a golf tournament. It is a place for people to come together; a place for laughter and play. A place to meet new people and develop friendships. The annual golf tournament is becoming a staple in people’s busy calendars. It has evolved from a primary fundraiser for the community into something much more. I have heard people say that they first came to the tournament to meet locals and integrate themselves into the community. I have seen incredible passion and spirit when it comes to sponsorship and donations. I believe that the tournament has become a powerful conduit for giving back to the community.
The foundation is so much more than my original vision, and so much bigger than me. It has become an entity that epitomizes community, opportunity and sustainability. The board members exude the same passion they did eight years ago. We have new energy and passion on board which will bring fresh ideas and insights into how we can be better. More than anything the foundation has become a respected “entity” within the Elk Valley.
I am more inspired now than eight years ago when this foundation was created. This foundation has grown legs and is now running strong and smooth. I was always unsure about the sustainability element of it once I retired from sport but the way the community has embraced it has erased any doubt that I had. The Emily Brydon Youth Foundation is a true community foundation that supports youth through sport, arts and education – it doesn’t get any more powerful than that.
Money put back into the community: $214,000
Number of kids reached: Approximately 600
Activities include: Skiing, Snowboarding, Ballet, Soccer, Free style skiing/Ski racing, Childcare, Eco Garden Camp, Blue Lake Camp, Art Camp, Provincial School Sports Teams, Class Outings, Piano Lessons
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