The MI Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Gratz, Pennsylvania-based MI Windows and Doors, has pledged $1 million to Penn State’s Four Diamonds, demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to help fight childhood cancer.
“This amazing gift from MI Windows and Doors will help children battling cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital receive superior care and comprehensive support services without their loved ones ever having to worry about how they will pay for that care” said Steve Massini, CEO of Penn State Health. “It will also help advance our research, which has the power to impact children around the world through better prevention, treatments and ultimately a cure for all forms of childhood cancer.”
The relationship between MI Windows and Doors and Four Diamonds has grown over the past six years. The hallmark of the relationship focused on creating special opportunities for Four Diamonds children. MI included in their annual contract with Penn State Sports the special opportunity for Four Diamonds children to serve as the “Kick Off Kid” at Penn State home football games, and the “Zamboni Kid” at Penn State home hockey games. These special opportunities will continue within the new $1 million commitment.
“We are fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our company who care so much to give back – and there is no better way to give back than helping children and families fight childhood cancer,” said Matt DeSoto , CEO of M.I. “It is our hope that this gift will make their struggle easier as they have nothing to worry about but their health.”
About the gift
The five-year $1 million commitment will provide $200,000 annually in unrestricted funds to support the provision of superior care and comprehensive support to Four Diamonds children fighting cancer at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and driving innovative research at Penn State College of Medicine in the pursuit of a cure for all forms of childhood cancer. Throughout its five-year commitment, MI Windows and Doors will be prominently recognized as a presenting sponsor for several fundraising initiatives, including the upcoming Four Diamonds 50th Anniversary, the Four Diamonds Mini-THON Leadership Summit, Penn State Dance Marathon (THON), and Play For The Kids, a recently launched joint fundraising initiative for THON and Four Diamonds.
This gift will promote “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” a targeted campaign seeking to advance Penn State’s position as a leading public university in a world characterized by rapid change and global connections. With the support of alumni and friends, “A Greater Penn State” aims to fulfill the three most important requirements of a 21st century public university: keeping the doors to higher education open for hardworking students, regardless of their financial well-being; creating transformative experiences beyond the classroom; and impact the world by serving communities and fueling discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship. For more information about “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence”, visit greatpennstate.psu.edu.
About four diamonds
The mission of Four Diamonds is to overcome childhood cancer. Since its founding in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 4,000 children and families by covering 100% of the medical bills for each Four Diamonds family. Four Diamonds also supports a robust pediatric cancer research program at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine, which is dedicated to seeking improved childhood cancer treatments and cures that benefit every child around the world. For more information, visit FourDiamonds.org.
About MI Windows and Doors and the MI Charitable Foundation
MI Windows and Doors is a manufacturer of window products with more than 10 factories located across the United States. The MI Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of MI created to formalize support for four major causes: Veterans Affairs, Child Welfare, Cancer Support, and Local Outreach. For more information, visit www.miwindows.com.