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'There would be no Coats for Kids': Mike Trivisonno remembered for his charity work

Mike Trivisonno, who died on Wednesday at the age of 74, was known for his work with several Northeast Ohio charities.

CLEVELAND — When Mike Trivisonno died Wednesday, there was no doubt his presence would be missed by the charities he supported.

Debbie Martinko with Coats for Kids told 3News' Lydia Esparra that she and "Triv" just had lunch at his son's restaurant, Trivs, in Strongsville.  

“We were actually talking about things we could do in the future,” said Martinko. 

The future of Coats for Kids. 

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The nonprofit provides lightly worn winter coats to kids in need of a warm jacket ahead of winter. And officials say Triv helped raise millions, saying kids “had a warm coat to go to school or play outside because of someone they never met.”

And the Coats for Kids representative says the 74-year-old would promote their cause on his show, showing his devotion to the cause.  The organization has been around for 40 years and really made its mark when Triv got involved.

Though she admits the radio DJ was somewhat polarizing. But away from his microphone, he was a different person. And to her, he was special

Martinko says without Mike Trivisonno, "there would be no coats for kids."


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