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From L to R: Kyle Leigh, Sarah Leigh, Taylor Leigh

Campbell River Community Foundation Boosted by North Island Craft Beer Festival!

Take the creative concept of a local young couple, employ social media savy, partner with local businesses, and contribute to a community organization that “helps people help others”…..and you have the birth of the North Island Craft Beer Festival.  The event, hosted November 23 in Campbell River, culminated with a $12, 500 cheque presentation to support operation of the Campbell River Community Foundation.

Kyle and Sarah Leigh were eager to see if they could launch a festival that would bring together others who shared their interest in the craft breweries from B.C., Washington and Oregon.  In summer they love to travel throughout the region exploring the craft beer business.   What began as Kyle’s idea in the shower one early morning—-took a life of its own.   Working with many local partners he and Sarah launched the North Island Craft Beer Festival using brother Taylor Leigh’s social media savvy…..and within 40 minutes had sold out to a crowd of close to 300 who in November had the opportunity to sample the wares of 140 breweries.  The weekend grew into an array of opportunities as  Session Taproom and Kitchen,  Beach Fire Brewing,  Spinnakers, and  Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing added other festival activities.

It is the Campbell River Community Foundation that ultimately benefits from this exciting locally grown concept.   Kyle’s grandfather Arne Leigh and father Randy Leigh and family have been devoted supporters of the Campbell River Community Foundation—-our local foundation that shepherds funds from donors to create a legacy.   Annually the interest from the Foundation is dispersed as grants to non-profit organizations whose volunteers often work tirelessly to provide support within the greater Campbell River community.  Grand Applications will be available on the CRCF website on February 15.