Echo donates woodcarving to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Echo, Inc. donated a large-scale American Bald Eagle woodcarving to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee on Nov. 14 as part of the Green Industry Expo (GIE), in Nashville, Tenn. Carved on-site by Echo-sponsored wood sculptor Conrad Sandoval, the solid yellow pine representation of America’s national symbol was auctioned on-line as an initiative to raise funds to support the organization’s charitable ventures in the Middle Tennessee area.

Measuring approximately five feet tall, three feet wide and weighing several hundred pounds, the finished piece is valued at a minimum of $3,500. The statue was carved as part of the GIE Product Field Day by award-winning chain saw carver Conrad Sandoval.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Bill Tichi, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “The donation of the carving will help us raise much-needed funds through the silent auction on our web-site. Not only will this initiative help us serve more children in Middle Tennessee, but it will also generate traffic to our Web site so people can find out more about our organization.”

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Echo-sponsored carver Conrad Sandoval is a world-renowned wood sculptor and a regular winner of national and international woodcarving competitions. Currently, Sandoval holds the world record for the highest valued woodcarving piece as a result of a one hour and fifteen minute carving session at $2,025.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, formerly Buddies of Nashville, is Middle Tennessee’s premier mentoring organization and has served children in one-to-one mentoring relationships since 1969. Through these one-to-one friendships, children become stronger, perform better in school, and are better equipped to avoid drugs and violence due to the positive role modeling they receive.

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