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MI Windows CEO Matt DeSoto, left, and Eric Erdman celebrate during the MI Charitable Foundation’s 20th Annual Charity Auction and Golf Outing.

HERSHEY — MI Windows and Doors raised more than $800,000 for its Charitable Foundation at its 20th annual fundraising event in Hershey June 11 to 13. The proceedings included two nights of dinner and auctions at the Hershey Lodge, and two days of golf at the Hershey Country Club.

During two live auctions performed by HK Keller, MI’s customers, suppliers and team members bid on a range of excursions, including trips to the 2019 Kentucky Derby and the 2019 British Open. In addition, there was a silent auction both nights for artwork created by pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Children’s Hospital. Eight paintings were auctioned off for a total of $31,900, which was matched by MI Windows and Doors, resulting in a $63,800 donation going directly to the hospital.

“It was such a thrill to see the enthusiasm among our guests for all of these items,” said Katie Williard, MI’s communications and outreach manager. “We have so many partners in our business who are devoted to charity. It just gives you a warm feeling inside.”

On the second evening of the event, recent Millersburg High School graduate Eric Erdman gave a speech on his battle with brain cancer. Erdman, who will attend Wake Forest University in the fall, has been fighting cancer for nearly two years. Erdman’s notes for his speech were auctioned off — complete with his signature — for $10,000, with all of the money going to “Give a Child a Voice,” a nonprofit foundation started by Erdman. MI Windows and Doors’ CEO Matt DeSoto then announced that the MI Foundation would match the $10,000 donation to “Give a Child a Voice.”

“Matt [DeSoto] has gotten to know Eric quite well over the past few years,” Williard said. “Matt, like the rest of us, is just so happy to see Eric fulfill his dream of going to college. He’s a wonderful young man, and all of us at MI are pleased to be able to support his foundation.”

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