Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center Charitable Foundation donates annual record $195,500 to 122 local charities
Donations from record number of visitors to the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center in 2011
January 25, 2012
Copperton, Utah – The Kennecott Utah Copper Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center Charitable Foundation donated an annual Foundation record of $195,500 to support 122 Utah charities in December. The Foundation is organized as a non-profit, tax-exempt entity giving funds exclusively for public welfare, community improvement and charitable purposes.
The Foundation raises money for local charities through tax-deductible entrance fees to the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center and donations to the Foundation from the Copperton Lions Club from items purchased at the Mine Visitors Center Gift Shop. Since the inception of the charity fund in 1992, the Foundation has donated more than $2.6 million to local community charities and non-profit organizations, and has hosted more than 3 million visitors at the Center. In 2011, the Visitors Center hosted a record 178,171 visitors. Contributing to the successful year at the Visitors Center was a 10-day special event in July where visitors were able to visit the Bingham Canyon Mine for free. During the event, Kennecott Utah Copper reimbursed the Foundation for any loss in revenue from more than 29,000 visitors who attended. The Foundation giving is separate from and in addition to Kennecott Utah Copper’s corporate giving program.
The Foundation touches the lives of residents of Utah from all ages and walks of life. This includes charities focusing on children, veterans, disabled, homeless, senior citizens and the low income throughout Utah.
“Crossroads Urban Center has been serving Salt Lake for almost 46 years. The Kennecott Foundation’s generous support of our work in the community is very important to us and those we serve,” said Glenn Bailey, Executive Director, Crossroads Urban Center.
The Foundation consists of nine trustees who represent the greater Salt Lake area and Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper. Trustees representing local government, education, religion, community and Rio Tinto/Kennecott volunteer their time to assist the Foundation in positively impacting local charities.
“The Visitors Center educates our neighbors and students about our mining operations, Utah’s rich mining history, and the importance of mined products while providing funds to help those less fortunate in our community,” said Ted Himebaugh, Bingham Canyon Mine General Manager and President of the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center Charitable Foundation.
To be considered for Foundation donations, proposals must be received by October 15 of each year. Applications can be found at www.kennecott.com.
The Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center is open to the public seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. April to October, weather permitting. The tax deductible admission fees for 2012 are $5 for passenger vehicles, $25 for mini-tour buses and $50 for tour buses. There is no admission charge for school buses, veterans’ groups, boy scouts and girl scouts in uniform, and vans from county operated senior citizen centers.