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Legacy fund established for Cranbrook Community Forest Society

The Cranbrook Community Forest Society (CCFS) will receive annual grants from the Community Foundation of the Kootenay Rockies (CFKR) thanks to a newly established legacy fund.

This comes as the Cranbrook Community Forest Society Legacy Fund surpassed its $20,000 goal and raised over $30,000 for the permanent endowment.

“The annual grant from this fund will support our ongoing work to maintain and enhance the Cranbrook Community Forest, which is such an important recreational, educational, and environmental resource in our community,” said Joseph Cross, CCFS Board Chair.

CFKR officials said the campaign was kicked off in the spring of 2022 with a $500 donation from Jean-Ann Debreceni, a long-time user of the Community Forest, along with her husband, Joe.

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“We know that so many people love to walk, bike, hike, and run in the Cranbrook Community Forest,” said Lynnette Wray, CFKR Executive Director. “We sincerely appreciate each of the donors who contributed to this fund, showing their heartfelt support for this priceless natural oasis in our community.”

The campaign received support from corporate donors, non-profits and individuals.

“Corporate donors included StellerVista Credit Union, High Country Sports, Max’s Place, Rella Paolini Rogers, and RideTheory. Contributions from non-profits included several from the Cranbrook Community Forest Society, from events such as the 2022 Cranbrook Gravel Grind event, as well as from the Big Foot Running Club,” said CFKR officials. “Over forty individuals made donations of all sizes to the fund, including a major gift from a family that lives elsewhere but loves to visit the Cranbrook Community Forest.”

Donations are still being accepted for the legacy fund through a number of methods:

  • Online credit card donations via a safe and secure link.
  • E-transfer to [email protected] (including “Community Forest” in the notes, as well as the donor’s contact information)
  • Cheque: made out to “CFKR”, noting “Community Forest” in the memo, mailed to CFKR at Box 242, Cranbrook, BC, V1C 4H8 or delivered to the CFKR office in the Ground Floor Coworking Space at 131 7th Ave. S., Cranbrook.
  • Cash: delivered to the CFKR office in the Ground Floor Coworking Space at 131 7th Ave. S.
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