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Minwax honors New York guild’s community work

Members of the Western New York Woodturners won the “Do Good with Wood” contest, created by Minwax, to honor their community volunteer efforts.

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The guild made toys and other items sold at the Erie County Fair. The proceeds were donated to an upstate Make-A-Wish foundation chapter.

“Each year, more than 90 volunteers come together, some building and staining and others manning the booth at the 12-day fair, to make this effort a success,” Minwax said in a statement. “Since 2006, The Western New York Woodturners have coordinated this local group of woodturners who joined forces to build all of the items for sale. Last summer, the group raised more than $20,000 to fulfill two wishes for sick children from their area. Since coming together, they have raised more than $115,000.”

As a first-prize winner of the national award program, the guild received a $5,000 cash grant, a supply of Minwax products and a private wood-finishing workshop with Bruce Johnson.

“We are proud to recognize the members of the Western New York Woodturners for their true craftsmanship and selfless community service in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” Janet Krakow, vice president of marketing at Sherwin-Williams Wood Care Products, said in a statement.

“Their long volunteer hours and passion for woodworking truly reflect the spirit of the Minwax Do Good With Wood Award. And we’re delighted to recognize the work of Nicole Curtis, who is teaching and inspiring a new generation of civic-minded do-it-yourselfers. All the winners serve as an inspiration to others and underscore how working with wood is even more fulfilling when done for the good of others.”

Curtis, host of the television show “Rehab Addict,” also received a $5,000 grant for the Nicole Curtis Foundation.

A second prize of $2,000 went to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, whose members built and donated dressers to Open House Ministries.

Entries are being accepted for the 2014 awards. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the August 2014 issue.

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