Freeport-McMoRan Volunteer Excellence Award Winners Announced.

September 25, 2019

Hats off to Steven Weigley, Baltazar Bermudez and Rigo Ramos – this year's recipients of the company's annual Volunteer Excellence Award honoring three North American employees for exceptional volunteer service.

Weigley, MIS Lead Systems Integrator-Phoenix, received top honors and a $10,000 grant for Canyon Rim Parent Teacher Association. Bermudez, Senior Mine Engineer-Safford, and Ramos, Process Operator II, Climax Technology Center-Sahuarita,​ received a $2,500 grant for Mount Graham Baseball and Little League and the Arizona Rangers Santa Cruz Company, respectively.

"A big thank you and congratulations to the winners of this year's award," said Tracy Bame, Director-Social Responsibility and Community Development in Phoenix. "The volunteer service demonstrated by these three employees is truly invaluable to the organizations and communities they serve and exemplifies the company's culture of giving back to our local communities."

Each year, the company seeks nominations for employees who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to building stronger communities through their volunteer efforts. A committee of company representatives and community members evaluates each nomination and selects three finalists whose volunteer services is recognized with a grant to their organization.

Collectively, the year's award recipients volunteered more than 755 hours annually at their local nonprofits. Here's more about each honoree:

Weigley is a third-term president of Canyon Rim PTA. He can be seen at various PTA events throughout the year and played an instrumental role in the PTA being named a National PTA School of Excellence for fostering an inclusive school community where all families contribute to student learning and well-being.

He was nominated by school staff who said "Steve has brought the PTA into the digital age and streamlined PTA processes and made everything more technological, including a user-friendly website. He has pushed for larger membership, created online PTA requests / sign-ups at the beginning of the school year for events, sold T-shirts and school bricks, and expanded our corporate sponsors. Our fundraising has been out of this world under Mr. Weigley's leadership!"

Bermudez plays an active role in fundraising and securing grants and sports equipment for Mount Graham Baseball and Little League.

He was nominated by the league treasurer who shared "Balt has single-handedly changed the game for us. He has made things possible that we never imagined. He is exceptionally resourceful and our lead point when it comes to large projects. He has pursued every opportunity to enhance our organization, and he is extremely dedicated to improving youth sports in our community and is a tremendous asset to our board."

Ramos is two-year volunteer with the Arizona Rangers Santa Cruz Company – a statewide, unpaid, noncommissioned civilian unit that assists law enforcement. In addition to helping local law enforcement, he provides free services to other nonprofits and private events.

He was nominated by the commander of the unit who said "Rangers are volunteers and Mr. Ramos is eager to serve the community. He is a volunteer at his own expense as at no time do Rangers get compensation for their time served, reimbursement for their travel and gas expenses, and they are responsible for the cost of their full uniform and equipment including cost of their badge. He is a great asset to our organization."

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