Echo, Inc. Donates Woodcarving to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Echo-sponsored wood sculptor, Conrad Sandoval, will create a large-scale solid woodcarving Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, as a part of the Green Industry Expo (GIE), in St. Louis, Mo. Upon completion, Echo, Inc., a manufacturer of handheld outdoor power equipment, will donate the sculpture to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri.

Sandoval will be using Echo chainsaws to create this one-of-a-kind sculpture, which will measure approximately 6 feet tall, 3 feet wide and weigh several hundred pounds. The finished work will be valued at a minimum of $2,500. The piece will be carved as part of the GIE Product Field Day by award-winning chain saw carver Conrad Sandoval, and auctioned online via the eBay Web site www.ebay.com, starting November 17th.

The carving event will take place on the corner of Illinois Route 203 and Big Bend Road, 10 minutes from the GIE trade show grounds in Madison, Ill., on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sandoval will carve the sculpture in the Echo exhibit; attendees are invited to watch his progress throughout the day. The event will culminate in a presentation of the piece to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri at 3:30 p.m., during which the finished carving will be on display.

“We are very excited about this opportunity,” says Melissa Bode, vice president of development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from this auction will go to the children. The money will be used to match the children on our waiting list with Big Brothers and Big Sisters in the Eastern Missouri area.”

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Echo-sponsored carver, Conrad Sandoval, is a world-renowned wood sculptor who has won a number of national and international woodcarving competitions. His work can be found across the United States and has been featured in numerous charitable auctions for organizations such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Veteran’s War Memorial and private educational institutions. Sandoval has received commissions from commercial and nonprofit organizations nationwide and his sculptures have been placed in such prominent locales as the Avenue of the Giants on California’s Redwood Coast.

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