Merlin and Cindy Hagemann kicked off their holiday open house with a new idea this year. On the suggestion of a customer, Merlin's opened up Thursday evening for a premier showing before his regular open house, Merlin's Gives Back. Guests were treated to private shopping limited to ticket holders only. Guests were required to purchase a ticket and donate two canned goods. Merlin and Cindy donated 100% of the proceeds to six local charities: Village of Progress Christmas Wish List, Oregon Lifeline Food Pantry, Oregon VFW Food Baskets, Valley Covenant Church Food Pantry, Byron Police Toy Drive and Mount Morris Fire Dept. Toy Drive. The Hagemanns donated $1750 and a large amount of food. They would like to thank everyone who supported this premier showing making it a huge success.