MI Windows and Doors Surpasses $1 million at Annual Charity EventJune 13th, 2019 by Editor
Officials for MI Windows and Doors report that its 21st annual golf tournament and charity auction raised more than $1 million last week for the company’s MI Charitable Foundation. The event, held June 3-5 in Hershey, Pa., is the foundation’s largest fundraiser, supporting causes in veterans affairs, local outreach, children’s wellbeing and the fight against cancer, with a specific emphasis on pediatric cancers.
The MI Charitable Foundation was founded in 2015 to formalize support within MI Windows and Doors’ communities, including the causes closest to the team’s heart, company officials say. In addition to local outreach and volunteerism, the foundation has partnered with several national organizations to support charitable causes.
“We’re just blown away by the charitable spirit of our business partners,” said MI CEO Matt DeSoto, who also pointed out that the company covers all administrative costs for the foundation, including its annual event. “We set out trying to make a difference in people’s lives, and I believe we’re really accomplishing that.”
This year’s event included two golf tournaments played at the Hershey Country Club, as well as dinner auctions that included speakers from two of the organizations that the MI Foundation supports. Speaker Brady Lucas talked about his experiences as a survivor of pediatric cancer and how his family was supported by Four Diamonds, an organization of Penn State Children’s Hospital that provides financial support and medical care to 500 families every year. Lucas now works for the organization. Four Diamonds also funds childhood cancer research to benefit children everywhere.
Army Sgt. Patrick Wickens also spoke at the event, including about his life as an injured veteran. Wickens lost a leg while serving in Iraq in 2004, and will soon move with his wife and two young sons into a new accessible home in Florida built by Homes For Our Troops—a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially-adapted custom homes to severely injured post-9/11 veterans. MI donates windows to the organization’s projects.
“Much of the work that the MI Foundation supports goes toward helping children with cancer and veterans,” said Kourtney Miles, MI Foundation’s charitable foundation specialist. “We’re really pleased to be able to partner with organizations like Four Diamonds and Homes for Our Troops.”
During the dinner auctions, guests bid on several items, including a miniature Hershey’s chocolate purchased for $10,000. Other entertainment included “speed painter” Cody Sabol who created art, live on stage.
“This was a fantastic event from start to finish,” DeSoto said. “It brings me immense pleasure to say that we raised over $1 million for charity. I can’t say enough about our business partners and their commitment to helping those in need.”