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The Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center Charitable Foundation donated a record $211,000 to support 128 local community charities in December.
The Foundation is organized as a Kennecott Utah Copper non-profit entity and donates its funds exclusively for public welfare, community improvement and charitable purposes in Utah.
It raises money for local charities through tax-deductible entrance fees to the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center. Since the inception of the charity fund in 1992, the Foundation has donated more than $2.8 million to local community charities and non-profit organizations, and hosted 3.2 million visitors to the Bingham Canyon Mine Visitors Center.
In 2012, the Visitors Center hosted a record 187,360 visitors.
As part of the amount donated to the community, the Copperton Lion's Club contributed $15,000. It is the operator of the Bingham Canyon Mine Lion's Club gift shop.