Candlelight vigil held for Elizabeth Drane

The vigil was to pay homage to Drane at the site of Riverside Bark, a dog park coming to the Crossroads started by Drane.

VICTORIA, Texas – Friends, family, and community members gathered tonight at Riverside Bark, the future site of Victoria’s first dog park, to honor and remember Elizabeth Drane.

Known as Izzy by her loved ones the 16-year-old Girl Scout had made it her mission to bring a dog park to the Crossroads. Bringing the dog park to Victoria was her Gold Award Project in Girl Scouts, an achievement that less than 6% of Girl Scouts ever reach.

Tonight’s candlelight vigil paid homage to the late teen who passed away earlier this year but also to celebrate her life and the continuation of her dream and passion.

Brandi Lyston was Izzy’s Gold Award Project advisor and has taken the lead on seeing the Riverside Bark come to fruition and says it’s important to see this project through.

“It’s very important for us to see it through. This was her purpose, this was what she believed was her purpose was to be an advocate and voice for animals. So we’re gonna make sure that this becomes her legacy, is what we’re gonna do,” says Brandi Lyston Gold Project advisor.

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Friends and family members to Elizabeth Drane gather for her candlelight vigil at Riverside Park, the site of Victoria’s first-ever dog park.

“I’m very proud of her. never met her, never saw her, didn’t know her from anybody but listening to what I heard tonight she must have been a really special person,” says Dr. Buddy Lee, a Victoria community member.

After the candlelight vigil friends and family to Izzy were able to share stories about her as well as end the night by singing one of Izzy’s favorite girl scout chants.

Izzy would have turned 17 the day after the vigil, with one man coming up to her mother with a check in hand, saying it was her birthday gift and that he wanted it to go toward the park.

Construction on Riverside Bark is set to begin sometime this summer. They are also raising money for the park by selling bricks for community members to buy in which they can engrave their pet’s name. If you’d like to purchase a brick click here.