Kennecott Makes Donation to Utah

National Guard Charitable Trust

 

By Major Hank McIntire

 

Published July 23, 2008

 

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Kennecott Chief Operating Officer Kelly Sanders presents Maj. Gen. BrianTarbet a check for $10,000 for the UTNG Charitable Trust July 10.

Photo by Greg Cullis

Kennecott Chief Operating Officer Kelly Sanders presents Maj. Gen. BrianTarbet a check for $10,000 for the UTNG Charitable Trust July 10.

DRAPER, Utah — On behalf of its hundreds of employees, officials from Kennecott Utah Copper formally presented a donation to the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust in a ceremony July 10 at the Utah Guard’s Draper Headquarters.

Kelly Sanders, Kennecott’s chief operating officer, presented a $10,000 check to Maj. Gen. Brian Tarbet, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, who accepted the donation on behalf of the Trust.

“We wanted to make a contribution that would be used in the local community,” said Sanders, thanking those in uniform “for their extraordinary service and their contribution to our country.”

Sanders explained that because a number of Kennecott employees themselves or their immediate family members serve in the Utah National Guard or in other branches of the Service, the company is actively involved in supporting the military with projects such as sending care packages to Service members serving overseas.

“This is a great gesture,” said Tarbet at the ceremony. “We assure you that this money will be wisely spent… helping address those needs that the government simply doesn’t get to in a timely fashion.”

Kelly Sanders signs a and ESGR Statement of Support of his employees  who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Photo by Greg Cullis

Kelly Sanders signs a and ESGR Statement of Support of his

employees  who are members of the National Guard and Reserve.

“We appreciate all you have done as an employer of folks who put bread on the table for their families,” added Tarbet as he presented Sanders with a plaque to recognize Kennecott as a benefactor of the Trust.

Created in 2005 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, the funds of the Utah National Guard Charitable Trust assist Utah military families with medical, home, or property emergencies, lost wages, travel expenses of wounded Soldiers’ families or other unexpected financial needs that arise during deployment of their Service member.

Since its creation, the Trust has disbursed more than $250,000 among hundreds of families, typically to offset financial hardships incurred during deployment of their Service member.

And donations from companies like Kennecott continue to provide this extra help for military families as they sacrifice to provide for their own, as well as to answer the call of our Nation.