BORON – The Borax Visitors Center at Rio-Tinto Borates Boron Operations was the place to be on the afternoon of May 29. The Borax Visitors Center Grant Foundation presented grants to several non-profit organizations in Boron as well as five scholarships to graduating seniors from Boron High School. The event took place around noon with a catered lunch, which consisted of tostada tortilla shells and all the fixings and bottled water. The tables were decorated in a mine theme complete with large Tonka heavy equipment trucks and smaller toy trucks for each attendee.
Marybeth Garrison who is in charge of government affairs and communities for Rio-Tinto Borates Boron Operations got things started by welcoming everyone to the presentation then invited attendees to have lunch.
After the lunch, Garrison introduced Richard Cohen who is the general manager for Rio-Tinto Borates Boron Operations. Cohen again welcomed all in attendance then presented the grants as follows:
Boron Alive received a grant for $600, Boron Seniors Center received a grant for $2,600, Boron Little League received a grant for $2,000, Boron Youth Football and Cheer received a grant for $1,000, Boron Junior Senior High School received a total of $12,850 in grants, West Boron Elementary – PAC received a grant for $2,500, Community Action Partnership received a grant for $3,000, Reggie’s Kicks for Kids received a grant for $500 and Wind in the Willows Pre-School received a grant for $2,500.
Cohen and Garrison also presented five scholarships to Boron High School Seniors; Jennifer Aguilar received $ 2,000, Skyler Smith received $2,000, Rose O’Dell received $1,500, Michael Arambula received $1,500 and Matthew Etheridge received $1,500. This years total for the Grants was $27,395.
The Borax Visitors Center Foundation receives donations from visitors to the center and local residents as well as employee donations in order to continue the yearly grants and scholarships.