Minwax® Introduces Do Good With Wood, The Award That Builds Stronger Communities

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The warmth and durability of wood plays an important role in our lives, providing shelter, beautifying our homes and public spaces, and helping us express our creativity through DIY projects, home decorating, and crafts. Now Minwax®, the wood care company that has helped consumers bring out the beauty of wood for over a century, is rewarding those whose work with wood improves their communities. The new Minwax® Do Good With Wood Award will recognize their talent and generosity with an annual award and cash grant, as well as a free supply of Minwax products.

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For generations, Americans have enjoyed working with wood to improve their lives and those of others, whether they're refinishing furniture for families in need, creating and finishing wooden toys or crafts to raise money for the PTA or local sports team, or building a wheelchair ramp for a school or bookcases for a library. For the last twenty years, Minwax® has encouraged their efforts with the Community Craftsman Award, which bestowed grants on projects as diverse as an afterschool wood finishing jobs training program and a guild program to design and build beds for handicapped children.

Now, Do Good With Wood expands on that program by recognizing the very different ways in which people express themselves by working with wood. In fact, the new award program is open to virtually anyone who has been involved in a wood finishing project, through school woodshop classes, clubs, guilds, parent organizations, DIY groups, craft or hobby groups, or on their own. The First Prize is a cash grant of $5,000 plus a workshop with wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson and a supply of products valued at $1,000. The Second Prize is a $2,000 cash grant along with a supply of Minwax® products.

New Monthly Winner Component
New this year is a monthly winner component! Beginning in September through the end of the year, Minwax will pick one random entry from the submissions received each month as a winner to receive two gallons of Minwax® Wood Finish and two gallons of Minwax® Fast Drying Polyurethane, in the color and sheen of their choice.

"Over the years we've seen so many instances of busy, creative people using their time and skills to help others with a wood project they've crafted themselves," notes Janet Krakow, Vice President of Marketing, Sherwin-Williams Wood Care Products. "We wanted to recognize not only their talent but also their kindness and compassion, and encourage others who enjoy working with wood to share their abilities with their community."

For information on how to enter a project, visit http://www.minwax.com/about-us/do-good-with-wood-award/ or send a project description and photo to Minwax® Do Good With Wood Award, c/o Brushfire, Inc., 2 Wing Drive, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2012.

For more than 100 years, Minwax® has been a leading brand of high-quality wood finishing and wood care products. From wood stains to clear protective finishes, plus solutions for wood preparation, maintenance, cleaning and repair, Minwax® products are requested by the Do-It-Yourself consumer, seasoned woodworkers, and professional contractors. Headquartered in Upper Saddle River, N.J., with a manufacturing facility in Flora, IL, Minwax® is part of Sherwin-Williams Wood Care Products.

SOURCE The Minwax Company