MI™ Windows and Doors has raised more than one million dollars for its philanthropic organization, the MI Charitable Foundation, at its 21st annual golf tournament and charity auction in June. The event is the largest fundraiser for the MI Foundation, which supports a number of causes, including veteran’s affairs, local outreach, children’s wellbeing, and the fight against cancer with a specific emphasis on pediatric cancer.
The event included two golf tournaments played over two days at Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There were also two dinner auctions that included speakers from two of the many organizations that the MI Foundation supports. On the first night, Brady Lucas talked about his experiences as a survivor of pediatric cancer and how his family was supported by Four Diamonds. Lucas now works for Four Diamonds, an organization at Penn State Children’s Hospital that provides financial support and world-class medical care to 500 families every year. Four Diamonds also funds childhood cancer research to benefit children everywhere.
On the second night, retired Army Sergeant Patrick Wickens spoke about his life as an injured veteran. Wickens, who lost a leg while serving in Iraq in 2004, will soon move with his wife and two young sons into a new accessible home in Florida. Homes For Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, is funding the project. MI donates windows to these specially adapted homes, making injured veterans’ lives safer and more convenient.
H.K. Keller conducted the auction at the dinner both nights. MI’s vendors, customers, sales people, and assorted guests bid on several items, including a miniature Hershey’s chocolate, which was purchased for $10,000, displaying the selfless generosity of MI’s guests. On both nights, speed painter Cody Sabol brought down the house by producing unique pieces of art live on stage. At the first dinner, he painted a smiling child next to the Four Diamonds logo. The next night, in honor of Sergeant Wickens, Sabol painted a silhouette of an American soldier inside the American flag.
Born in 2015 from the care and compassion of the MI Windows team, the MI Charitable Foundation was created to formalize support within the communities of MI Windows and Doors and the causes close to the team’s heart. In addition to local outreach and volunteerism, the MI Foundation has partnered with several national organizations to support important causes.