(Twinsburg) - Newsradio WTAM 1100's Mike Trivisonno's Coats for Kids Campaign, and sold-out "Vegas Shows" have been a great success, with an estimated $350,000 in donations raised, thanks to a generous $100,000 contribution from Matthew Figgie and The Figgie Foundation.

Numerous companies including Hilton Garden Inn in Twinsburg, donated prizes, money and support to make the "Vegas Shows" possible, plus there was help from the many entertainers who volunteered their time and talent.

The gala shows were held on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23, with tickets for both nights selling out within minutes.

"I love the spectacular entertainment in Las Vegas, so I started thinking, why not put together a Vegas-style Show that I could share with my listeners?” says Trivisonno. “When we had the opportunity to tie Triv’s Vegas Show into raising money for Coats for Kids, it was the perfect match. These kids have no choice about their lot in life-It’s not their fault that they don’t have a coat. It's important to me that they stay warm during our cold winters.”

In addition to the singing competition and Vegas-caliber entertainment, the evenings featured an elegant, three-course chef-prepared dinner created by the culinary artists at the Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg and raffles for fabulous and valuable prize packages.

But most of all, the evening gave Triv’s loyal fans and callers the opportunity to meet one another and the cast of characters from The Triv Show (heard weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. on WTAM 1100) while supporting a very important cause.

Additional funding from The Figgie Foundation, combined with a $50,000.00 grant from Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, will help fund a new partnership between Coats for Kids and the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters.

Funds will be used to purchase new winter coats made in the USA, which will be distributed to children in need via area fire departments, including Akron, Cleveland, Elyria and Euclid.

With so many local kids in need of warm winter coats, Triv’s fundraising campaign is just the beginning.

If you couldn't make it to the show, you can make a monetary donation by mailing a check made payable to Coats for Kids- Cleveland to PO BOX 74767, Cleveland, Ohio 44194. You can also donate online securely at coatsforkidscleveland.org.

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(Photos by Ray Davis/WTAM)

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