DEMING - Proceeds from some auction pieces at the 13th annual Hills to Mills log show will be donated to PeaceHealth Cancer Center in Bellingham.
Roughly 25 carvers and loggers will make pieces throughout the weekend of July 6-8 at the Deming Logging Show grounds. Their work will be auctioned off at 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Local carvers Nyal Thomas and Steve Backus will each make a bench on Friday to be sold at auction on Sunday. All proceeds from the benches will be donated to the cancer center at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Thomas' and Backus' benches have sold for as much as $2,500 at previous auctions.
Thomas is unsure how many of the other carvers registered for Hills to Mills also will donate pieces to the cause. However, he is excited that all loggers and carvers will show their support by wearing pink T-shirts while carving on Sunday.
Thomas, whose wife is a cancer survivor, pitched the idea to donate proceeds to the cancer center. The Deming Logging Show Association liked the idea and helped pick PeaceHealth cancer center as the beneficiary.
Thomas said he hopes to put on a similar show in the Sedro-Woolley area next year to benefit the cancer center where his wife was treated.
The carving is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The show grounds are at 3295 Cedarville Road off Mount Baker Highway.
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