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Black Bear Diner Launches 2nd Annual Bear Carving Tour to Raise Money for Local Non-profits

Redding, CA – (May 12, 2014) – 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 2nd Annual Bear Carving Tour to help benefit community nonprofits. The Bear Carving Tour, scheduled from May 19 – May 26, will feature a chainsaw carving demonstration by master woodcarver, Ray Schulz. Schulz, the artist behind more than 220 custom carved bears at nearly all 62 Black Bear Diner establishments, will visit seven different Black Bear Diner locations in eight days and custom carve a total of fourteen, five-foot bears. One custom carved bear will be given away at each location.


“This is our small way of giving back to the communities we serve,” said Bob Manley, co-founder of Black Bear Diner. “We believe in being much more than a restaurant – we want to be a vested community partner. This tour is an extension of that principle.”


In the inaugural Bear Carving Tour, Black Bear Diner raised nearly $8,000 for six community nonprofits. All benefiting nonprofits are selected by the local Black Bear Diner franchisee. The 2nd Annual Bear Carving Tour will make stops at the Black Bear Diners in the following cities and support the following seven nonprofits:


DATE:               LOCATION:                   TIME:                            NONPROFIT:


May 19                    Madras, OR                            9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       Kids Club of Jefferson County

May 20                    Klamath Falls, OR                 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       Veteran’s Enrichment Center

May 21                    Vallejo, CA                             9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       Autism Speaks

May 22                    Modesto, CA                        9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       Society for disABILITIES

May 23                    Visalia, CA                              9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       California Blood Bank

May 24                    Las Vegas, NV                      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       Spirit Therapies

May 26                    St. George, UT                       9 a.m. – 3 p.m.                       PAWS



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 anybody. Winners do not have to be present to win.