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
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.”
Photo by Greg Cullis
Kelly Sanders signs a and ESGR Statement of Support
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
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.