Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Whit Deschner of Baker City, founder of the Great Salt Lick Contest and Auction, a fundraiser for Parkinson's Disease research, was named a recipient of a 2014 Crystal Award Tuesday by the Willamette Valley Development Officers.

The annual event, in which people enter actual salt licks "sculptured" by cattle and wildlife, has raised more than $50,000 for the Oregon Health Sciences University's Parkinson's Center.

Deschner, who formerly lived near Sparta east of Baker City, has the disease.

He will be honored at the Portland Business Journal's Corporate Philanthrophy Awards for Excellence in Fundraising on Sept. 18 in Portland.

Deschner will receive the Community Hero award.

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