Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo Fundraiser!


In lieu of the 2021 Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo, our Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club recently organized a raffle for a Joseph Cross original painting titled, “Spring Training for the Fondo.”  We raised over $16,500 through this raffle for the Youth Foundry “NOT ALONE” campaign. The lucky winner of this beautiful piece of art was long time Rotarian Greg Ehman, until recently from Golden, but now residing in Edmonton. Greg and his partner Kristi have generously donated the painting back to our Rotary Club, to raise even more money for the  “Not Alone” campaign.  We hope to offer this stunning original for live auction in the future, more news to come.

Artist Joseph Cross has allowed our Rotary Club to offer for sale 99 Limited Edition Numbered Prints of this beautiful painting in two sizes:

  • 18”X48” for $500 taxes included
  • 12”X32” for $350 taxes included

To purchase your print please e-transfer the full purchase amount to [email protected] Be sure to include your name, email, phone number and complete mailing address in the e-transfer message.

Proceeds will be used to support the Youth Foundry “Not Alone” Campaign as well as other projects of the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club. Don’t wait, order your print now.

Spring Training for the Fondo, was published in The International Artist Magazine #140, Aug/Sept 2021 issue. (Part of the International Artist Magazine Challenge #124, Landscapes) This is very high recognition. Joseph Cross was featured in the magazine including the inspiration for the painting, as well as the design strategy and the working process he used.

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) goal is to raise 1.4 million dollars to support the Foundry East Kootenay. Foundry East Kootenay will be a walk-in health and wellness centre for youth ages 12-24 seeking help, primarily for mental health and substance use. Services such as primary care, counseling, substance use and peer support will be brought together with social services that include employment and education resources under one roof. For youth there will be no waitlists. No having to repeat their story multiple times. They will access help the day they walk through the doors.