Black Bear Diner Launches 3rd Annual Bear Carving Tour to Raise Money for Local Charities

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Black Bear Diner's master woodcarver fires up chainsaw in four cities in three states in seven days to custom carve eight, five foot bears to raise money for local charities

Ray Shultz custom carves a five foot wooden bear at Black Bear Diner in St. George Utah

We’re fortunate that we’ve found a successful fundraising model that allows us to make a difference in the communities we serve.” - David Doty, VP of Marketing for Black Bear Diner

Black Bear Diner, a one-of-a-kind family dining concept featuring excellent food and value served in a bear-themed atmosphere, announced today its 3rd Annual Bear Carving Tour -- Chainsaw for a Change -- to help benefit community nonprofits. The Bear Carving Tour, scheduled from September 14 – September 21, will feature a chainsaw carving demonstration by master woodcarver, Ray Schulz. Schulz is the artist behind more than 300 custom carved bears at nearly all 70 Black Bear Diner establishments.

Schulz will visit four separate Black Bear Diner locations in three states in seven days and custom carve a total of eight, five-foot bears. One custom-carved bear will be given away at each location.

“People get excited to see Ray work and watch the wood chips fly,” said David Doty, vice president of marketing for Black Bear Diner. “Couple that with customers knowing that their support of the tour benefits local charities, and it becomes a win-win for everybody involved. We’re fortunate that we’ve found a successful fundraising model that allows us to make a difference in the communities we serve.”

Since the inaugural carving tour, Black Bear Diner raised nearly $20,000 for fourteen community nonprofits. All benefiting nonprofits are selected by the local Black Bear Diner franchisee.

The 3rd Annual Bear Carving Tour will make stops at the Black Bear Diners in the following cities and support the following four nonprofits:

Sept 14        
Boise, ID            
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.        
Idaho Black Bear Rehab, Inc.

Sept 16        
Reno, NV            
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.        

Sept 19         
Henderson, NV        
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.        

Sept 21        
Gilbert, AZ                
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.        
Kwamie Lassiter Foundation

Donations to help support the community nonprofits are now being accepted at participating Black Bear Diners. The suggested donation for a single ticket is $5; a suggested donation for a set of five tickets is $20. No Black Bear Diner purchase is necessary. The chance to win the custom carved bear is open to everyone. Winners do not have to be present to win.

About Black Bear Diner
Founded in Mt. Shasta, California in 1995 by Bruce Dean and partners Bob and Laurie Manley, Black Bear Diner was born from a desire to bring home-style comfort food classics and personal service back to the dining experience. The family dining concept offers a vast menu anchored on hearty portions and excellent value. The franchise has grown to 70 locations in eight western states. For a full menu and additional information, please visit or connect with Black Bear Diner on or

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