Twin Cities Firefighters Fundraise for Coats for Kids with Fulton Brewery


By Lauren Holloway, Public Relations/Media Coordinator at Operation Warm

Since 2013, Minneapolis Firefighters, IAFF Local 82 and St. Paul Firefighters, IAFF Local 21 have held fundraising events to help raise money for Operation Warm’s Coats for Kids program. On Saturday, Sept. 9, The Twin Cities Firefighters held the fourth annual Twin Cities Firefighters Block Party in Minneapolis, MN.

The event was held at the Fulton Taproom with beer donated from Fulton Brewery. Admission for the event was $10 and featured local music from the 4onthefloorTramps Like UsTABAH and Black Market Brass. In addition to live music, local cuisine was featured by [NAME] food truck.

Firefighters Colin Oglesbee, Justin Johnson, and Adam Graves lead the charge on this event and say they look forward to making this event bigger and better each year.

“This is a wonderful event,” says Mark Lakosky, President of Minneapolis Firefighters, Local 82. “This is all about putting coats on the backs of kids, children in the Twin Cities and some of the surrounding areas, all the way up to a couple reservations up north.”

The Twin Cities Firefighter’s Coats for Kids program is relatively new, but the sky is the limit. Last year the firefighters raised more than $100,000 for children and plan to do the same this year, if not more.

This year’s major sponsors included Mauer Chevrolet, Fulton Brewery (link?), ClearChannel OutdoorCenterPoint Energy811 and Xcel Energy. During the event, Maur Chevrolet announced they would be donating $40,000 to the program.

When Lakosky was on stage at the event, he shared a story about the impact he’s seen since working with Operation Warm.

While responding to a late night shooting, Lakosky noticed a young girl running around outside. He asked her where she lived, fearful she lived in the house where the shooting just occurred. When the girl pointed to the neighbor’s house, he was relieved.

After the initial interaction, the girl told Lakosky she knew him. He thought this can’t be true, as he doesn’t often work in this territory. The little girl continued to tell Lakosky she knew him because he gave her a jacket at school last year. At that point, Lakosky knew his crew of firefighters were making a difference.

The Twin Cities Firefighters were proud to announce this year’s event had more than 1,000 people in attendance.

To learn more about the Twin Cities Firefighters and how you can help, visit


Over the past four years, Twin Cities Firefighters have distributed 5,800 brand-new winter coats to students at Dayton’s Bluff, Riverview, Wellstone, Como Park, Lucy Craft Laney, Andersen United, Mona Mode, Bethune, Jenny Lind, Highwood Hills, Obama, Hmong Academy, Anne Sullivan, Anishinabe Academy Elementary Schools and the West Side Boys and Girls Club. Firefighters also distributed coats to children at Red Lake Reservation Elementary School to expand their impact. Firefighters raised funding through events, community outreach, and support from CenterPoint Energy, EMC Corporation, CBRE, Fulton Brewery, 811 Run, and more.


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