Stars visit Lake Louise in support of clean water charity event

By LISA WILTON, SUN MEDIA

Sharon Witcombe had to take a second look to make sure she wasn’t seeing things when Alec Baldwin skiied past her.

“It was strange because the other night, my husband and I had just been talking about how funny the show 30 Rock is and suddenly Alec Baldwin’s standing two feet away from us,” said Witcombe.

The Surrey, B.C., native had finished a run at Lake Louise Ski Resort when she spotted the actor, but admitted she was too starstruck to say anything him.

“I would have just put my foot in my mouth,” she said with a laugh.

Baldwin was participating in the final day of this year’s Waterkeeper Alliance Sports Invitational and Fundraiser, which began on Thursday at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

The 50-year-old star of such films as Glengarry Glen Ross, The Departed and the critically acclaimed TV comedy 30 Rock competed in a giant slalom race along with such celebrities as ER star Juliana Margulies, former Beverly Hills 90210 actor Ian Ziering, Olympic gold medalist Al Joyner, actor-director Chad Lowe and Sopranos wiseguy Joe Pantoliano.

Baldwin was in good spirits and hammed it up in front of his fellow competitors and an Entertainment Tonight camera crew.

He was recently named best actor in a comedy series at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards and told the media that the show had been picked up for another season.

“We’re really happy about it,” he said. “It feels great.”

The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie was scheduled to compete in yesterday’s slalom race but cancelled because of a hockey-related injury he sustained on Thursday night.

Downie was hit in the face with a puck and received a couple of stitches to close the wound near his eye.

A significant portion of the funds raised from this weekend’s charity event will go towards Waterkeeper initiatives in Canada.

“I don’t know how the economy will effect this year’s fundraiser,” said organizer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “But we’ll probably raise about a million dollars.”

The non-profit Waterkeeper Alliance was founded by Kennedy in 1999 as an umbrella organization to give scientific, legal and policy support to Riverkeeper, Baykeeper and Soundkeeper environmental associations. For more information visit http://www.waterkeeper.org

1 thought on “Stars visit Lake Louise in support of clean water charity event

  1. “The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie was scheduled to compete in yesterday’s slalom race but cancelled because of a hockey-related injury he sustained on Thursday night.

    Downie was hit in the face with a puck and received a couple of stitches to close the wound near his eye.”

    god he makes me proud to be Canadian

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