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Sun Country Tours Foundation reports giving

BEND, Ore. - Through its non-profit foundation, Sun Country Tours awarded more than $20,000 in donations to hundreds of charities in 2012.

The esteemed whitewater river outfitter, which is celebrating its 35th year of operations, specifically supports organizations that directly benefit children, education and the environment in Central Oregon.

"We created the Sun Country Tours Foundation more than 20 years ago with the goal of giving back to the community we live, work and play in," explained President Dennis Oliphant, who started Sun Country Tours in 1978. "It's extremely gratifying to know our gifts to the community really make a difference."

Oliphant, who also volunteers his time to various organizations, currently serves on the boards for the Central Oregon Visitors Association and the Oregon Outfitters and Guides Association, as well as serving as the Board Chairman for the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation.

Oliphant is consistently recognized for both his business leadership and his philanthropy, and has been named as one of Oregon's Top 50 Business Leaders by Oregon Business Magazine, received the Governor's Tourism Award and a National Conservation Stewardship Award by America Outdoors.

Sun Country Tours has been operating on the beautiful rivers of Oregon since 1978,
and is widely recognized as one of the West's premier river outfitters. Specializing in
family-fun whitewater rafting trips, Sun Country Tours was recently named the top
activity to do with kids in Oregon by travel website Trekaroo. Sun Country Tours is
headquartered in Bend, with other locations in Sunriver, Redmond and Sisters.

For more information, please go to or call 541.382.6277.

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