Open mic night at Village Tavern helps raise 100 coats for national nonprofit

Patricia James and Trish Shantz of P.J. Trish & Company at Keller Williams hosted a successful charity event for One Warm Coat at the Village Tavern in Ridgefield Thursday, Jan. 25. One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. Coats are distributed in the communities where they are collected.

“We hold a charity event once a month, and the generous Ridgefield community consistently comes out to support our efforts,” said James.  

To increase interest in the event, the coat drive was combined with an open mic night.  

“The interest in attending and performing was big from the start,” said Shantz. “Ridgefield has an incredibly diverse artistic community, and this was a way to gather area talent and contribute to a good cause.”  

The event raised over 100 coats and $350 in one night.

In addition, Village Tavern owners Bruno DiFabio and his wife, Sandra Forero, generously contributed 10% of a portion of the nights proceeds to the charity.   

“It was such a fun night at Village Tavern raising money for a good cause, indulging in delicious food and drink, and listing to great music,” said local business owner Jeffery Albanesi of The Market at Union Hall. “Congratulations to PJ Trish and Company for putting together another great charity event!”    

“We partnered at Keller Williams because of their shared value of giving back to the community.   We wanted a business plan that comes from a place of contribution” said Shantz.

They decided the best way to make an impact was to start monthly charitable campaigns.  

Among the charities they have worked with are Don’t Be Silent, Ann’s Place, Toys for Tots and now One Warm Coat.  

“We are also the Area Affiliates for Homes For Heroes, which is a national organization which allows us to give 25% of our commission back at close to the community hero when they are buying, selling or investing in real estate,” said Shantz.

“These heroes give so much, it’s our privilege to give back to them,” said James.

Heroes include active and retired military, firefighters, police officers, teachers and health care workers.

The open mic night at Village Tavern featured the band The 5 O’Clock’s. Some of the other local bands that joined in on the fun were Killer-Bo-Byron and The Red Hot’s.  

Local talent featured singers, musicians, members of The Ridgefield Theatre Barn, and the Ridgefield Playhouse Greenlight Comedy Team.