Sunday, December 05, 2021

Memorial event brings people together, aids BTAA

| November 23, 2021 1:00 AM

Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters is hosting an annual fundraiser benefiting Better Together Animal Alliance at their Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint locations this weekend.

Held Nov. 27-28, the event pays tribute to Erik Bruhjell, a 22-year-old Sandpoint resident who passed away in July 2018. A portion of sales over the weekend will be donated to BTAA. Plus, Evans Brothers has created a special coffee blend called the “Bruhjell Blend” and 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the blend will benefit BTAA now through Nov. 28. The blend is available online or in any of their three cafes in Sandpoint, Coeur d'Alene and Spokane.

Bruhjell is deeply missed in the community by his friends and family who remember him as a wonderful human being that loved people, animals, and the environment, BTAA officials said in a press release. Bruhjell loved coffee and Evans Brothers, where he was a regular customer. Since his passing, this event has raised thousands of dollars for BTAA, which are used to fund community-based programs like the shelter’s helpline, spay and neuter fund, and medical help for sick or injured animals.

For those who may prefer to donate directly to BTAA in Erik’s memory, a link is available on the Evans Brothers website. Erik would have been 25 this year and this year’s goal is to raise $2,500.

Visit for more information and to purchase the special Erik Bruhjell blend.