shannon elmerPhoto courtesy of the New Westminster Record.

Join the BC Hospitality Foundation on Thursday, August 6, starting at 9pm for The Shanbone Fun-Raiser, a bar crawl benefitting Shannon Elmer, a brave young woman who suffered a major spinal cord injury in a snowboarding accident this spring.

Elmer, 29, from New Westminster, was a waitress at The Bourbon in Gastown, and was hit by a skier on April 11, 2015 while snowboarding on Blackcomb in Whistler, shattering her C5 vertebrae. After being airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital, she spent 23 days in intensive care and was then moved to G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, where she continues to recover.

The BCHF will be matching all funds raised at the event up to $7500.00, with the intention to purchase a wheelchair, a lift, or other renovations  and equipment that will assist her towards recovery.

The other pubs on the tour include The Metropole Community Pub​, Hastings Warehouse​, The Pint Vancouver​, Blarney Stone​ and The Portside Pub​.

Your $20 ticket will include 45-minute stops at each of the six featured venues, a donated shot or drink, and the opportunity to participate in and win various prize draws. It’s going to be a fun night that supports one of our own.

Get your tickets via Club Zone HERE.

For more information, visit www.thebourbon.ca or go to the “That’s How Gastown Rolls” fundraising page on Facebook HERE.

The BC Hospitality Foundation has been involved in two other matched fundraisers this summer. On June 20, the Foundation matched funds up to $4000.00 for Kyle Bryant, a young hospitality worker diagnosed with Clear Cell Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Total funds given to Kyle from the event totalled almost $11,000. On July 6, the BCHF joined forces with the Roxy Cabaret to match funds raised up to $2000 for popular bartender Irvin Walkes, as he recovered from ankle surgery. Cumulatively, the event generated $7000 in critical funding for Walkes.