Drowning victim remembered

A local bar will mark its first anniversary by raising money for a fund dedicated to a local drowning victim.

Last July, 25-year-old Cole Barr lost his balance when a pontoon boat he was standing on slowed abruptly and he fell into Okanagan Lake. His body has not yet been located, despite search efforts launched by his family as recently as last month.

On Thursday, Avenue Classic Bar will hold an anniversary event dedicated to the memory of Barr and to raise money for the Cole Barr fund.

The Cole Barr fund was chosen as the beneficiary of the anniversary event because a number of people involved with the bar were his friends.

“It just felt like the right thing to do,” said Tyler Tronnes, general manager and partner in the bar.

“Cole is our focus for sure,” said Tronnes. “Avenue’s one year [anniversary] is a distant second. I feel very strongly about supporting any great cause through our venue. We have run over a dozen fundraisers for many different causes…however, I truly hope this one will be one for the record books.”

It is expected that money raised at the event will be used toward searching Okanagan Lake for Barr.

“My heart goes out to his family and Avenue and I will do everything we can to help this cause,” said Tronnes.

Once Barr is found, it is hoped that a skate park could be built in his name.

On Thursday, June 9, Avenue will open early—at noon—to allow people who work evenings to attend the fundraiser, which will include multiple forms of entertainment and a number of ways to donate to the cause.

Live acoustic music, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, complimentary appies and a live beard shave fundraiser are planned as part of the event.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting Avenue, which is located inside the Prestige Hotel on Abbott Street.

For more information, call Avenue at 778-478-0433 or email



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