Silent auction raises over $67,000 for packaging and processing training

PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has raised over $67,000 at its second annual silent auction to benefit the PMMI Foundation and support the future of the packaging industry and processing. Donations are used to fund scholarships and education programs.

“PMMI has received an overwhelmingly positive response of donations from across our industry in support of the PMMI Foundation’s mission to advance the packaging and processing workforce,” said Jim Pittas, President and CEO of management, PMMI. “Our deepest gratitude to everyone who took the time to participate in this event by donating items, money, and bidding on items. These donations will help secure the future of our industry.

The silent auction was held in conjunction with the 2022 PMMI Annual Meeting (September 12-14; Chicago) and raised funds through online and in-person bids and donations, with a live component organized during the event. Items available for auction included vacation getaways in Montana, New Orleans, Hilton Head, St. Petersburg and Colorado; autographed guitars by American rock band Styx to be autographed at PACK EXPO International’s PACK Gives BACK event (October 23-26; Chicago); sports tickets; bourbon gift sets; and more.

Several companies made significant cash donations at the event:

gold donor

Silver donor

  • Garvey
  • CAP machinery
  • Paxiom

Bronze donor

The Foundation is always grateful for cash donations, and this year the silent auction attracted substantial generosity from members through donations and items purchased at the event.

PMMI and the Foundation would like to thank the following corporate and individual members for their generous donations:

  • Barry Wehmiller
  • Bob and Lisa Williams
  • Company Festo
  • Harpack – ULMA
  • Jordan Hamrick
  • matt jones
  • Marc Ruberg
  • Pearson Packaging
  • Polypack
  • R. A. Jones
  • Spee Dee Packaging
  • Starview packaging
  • Wipotec-OCS

Thanks to these members, the PMMI Foundation exceeded its fundraising goal this year.

“We would like to thank those who participated in the silent auction,” said Kate Fiorianti, Workforce Development Manager, PMMI. “We had bidding wars until the auction ended on several items. There were so many members who participated that we cannot list them all, but we would especially like to thank several members who successfully and generously bid on several big ticket items.

These members include:

  • Andrew Barrieau, Felines United States
  • Emmanuel and Montserrat Deer, Polypack
  • Kevin Mauger, CCN Automated Systems
  • Greg Schombert, Hoosier Feeding Company
  • Nancy and Nick Wilson, Morrison Container Handling Solutions

Donations to the PMMI Foundation can be made at any time at

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