28 Jan

Button & Zipper at Outdoor Retailer’s Snow Show 2020

The energy and excitement are roaring throughout Denver this week as exhibitors, vendors, clients, and spectators are making their way to the Colorado Convention Center for Outdoor Retailer‘s Outdoor + Snow Show.

This is the first time Button & Zipper gets to show up and participate in the annual season’s Snow Show. We are kicking off our experience with a great presence, thanks to our nonprofit partner, Camber Outdoors. We are hosting a coat drive and we’ll be collecting adult and youth coats at their yellow StoryBus, located outside The Colorado Convention Center by the main entrance (no ORSS badge required). All donations will go to those in need throughout Colorado.

The Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market was my first time personally attending their gathering and I knew, right away, this was the place to be at to support Button & Zipper’s growth. I remember walking around the convention floors in amazement as I introduced myself to exhibitors and received information from the panel discussions that were happening. I was in complete discovery mode for three days trying to take in as much as I could.

For the Snow + Snow Show, Button & Zipper is committed to engaging with existing and future partners, becoming a trusted nonprofit coat drive resource for the outdoor space, outerwear manufacturers, retailers, and community as a whole. Our growth strategy includes increasing our organizational capacity, developing upcycle sustainability initiatives within our organization, operations, and the environment, creating upskill programs to support job training and workplace development opportunities and working closely with our recipient organization partners to maximize the dignity and positive impact for the individuals and families we serve.

My Outdoor + Snow Show requests for the community is to support Button & Zipper’s coat drive by donating coats and jackets, previously used products from industry manufacturers and retailers, drive the conversation of post-consumer products upcycling and most importantly network to understand how we can create an impact in the world.

About Button & Zipper:

Founded in 2013, Button & Zipper is a coat drive serving low-income individuals and families throughout the Denver Metro and Chicagoland area. They partner with community leaders and organizations to collect, sort and distribute warmth to those in need of coats and jackets through the fall and winter months. Since their inception, they have distributed nearly 30,000 used and new coats! Please visit www.ButtonAndZipper.com to learn more about how you can support their serving efforts.

About Camber Outdoors:

Founded in 1996, Camber Outdoors is a national nonprofit supporting workplace inclusion, equity, and diversity across the active-outdoors industries. We are your partner for building equitable systems, a strong network of talent and inclusive leadership practices to inspire workplaces truly for everyone. Envisioning a future of “Everyone’s Outdoors”, our 7,500+ individual and corporate members are dedicated to supporting workplace inclusion, equity, and diversity through participation in monthly themed learning activities and programs.

About Outdoor Retailer:

Outdoor Retailer is the world’s leading business-to-business outdoor sports show where industry brands, retailers, reps, designers, suppliers, and leaders gather. Outdoor + Snow Show is where the outdoor and snow industries come together, creating an unprecedented opportunity to reach influential buyers across all product segments.


06 Jan

High School Students Champion Collecting 2,000 Coats in Chicago


Ira Coleman, President, and Founder






High School Students Champion Collecting 2,000 Coats in Chicago 

Buffalo Grove High School’s Environmental Club hosts donation day on January 18th


Chicagoland, Illinois. – January 2020 – Students in the Environmental Club at Buffalo Grove High School are supporting the environment differently this year by hosting a coat donation event on January 18th from 8 am to 1 pm.


Around 20 students participate in the Environmental Club on a year-round basis, and the students are the propelling force for the event. With over 45 students volunteering, their goal is to collect, sort, and distribute over 2,000 coats to select organizations. Community call for youth gently used and new coats.


“This distribution day is one of the first times we can truly see the direct impact we have on the community,” Buffalo Grove High School student Veronika said. “Instead of coats, we can see smiling faces. This event is all about bringing together the local community and giving back, right after the holidays!”


As a long-time partner and advocate for Button & Zipper, Science teacher and Environmental Club leader, Stefanie O’Neill is excited to help students facilitate a full-fledged coat drive and donation event for select organizations in the Chicagoland area.


O’Neil feels it is her job as an educator to be a representative inside and outside of the classroom for things she believes in. Her students are passionate and enthusiastic about the event.


“One of the greatest, lasting legacies of an educational enterprise is how we better all in our community, not just the students in our building,” Buffalo Grove High School Principal, Jeff Wardle said. “We feel fortunate to partner with such a great organization as Button and Zipper for the Coat Drive. This idea came from students, and seeing their passion is always an inspiration to me.”


Each student will have a specific role in the coat collection and sorting process to ensure there is a high quality of coats delivered to the recipient organizations and to streamline the event as much as possible. Any coat that is identified with a low level of dignity will be upcycled, following Button & Zipper protocol and furthering the environmental impact of the event.


Ira Coleman, founder, and members of the board of Button & Zipper will be in attendance of the event and are grateful for the students of Buffalo Grove High School for their commitment to this cause and the environment.


Button & Zipper is a Colorado nonprofit community coat drive initiated in 2013 to support Chicagoland and Denver metro’s low-income individuals, and families stay warm during grueling winter months. Their coat drive begins October 1st and runs through February 28th, each season.  


By partnering with local leaders and companies, Button & Zipper collects, sorts, and distributes coats and jackets to those in need of warmth. So far this season, they have received nearly 8,300  coats requested from 60 + schools, agencies, and organizations. They are projected to distribute 10,000+ coats this season.


To donate, volunteer, or become a recipient organization, please visit our website at https://buttonandzipper.com/

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January 18th, 2020 from 8 am – 1 pm 

Buffalo Grove High School‘s Cafeteria

1100 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089



Community call for youth gently used and new coats 



ONLINE DONATIONS: https://buttonandzipper.com/donate/

TEXT TO DONATE:  Text the code “BUTTONANDZIPPER” to 44-321


501(C)(3) TAX ID: 83-0934956


TO VOLUNTEER: Volunteer opportunities are welcomed and encouraged to maximize serving efforts. If you are interested in supporting on the day of, please contact Stefanie O’Neil at stefanie.oneill@d214.org.








Buffalo Grove High School, Township High School District 214Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Facility IT Group, Alexis Duffy – Keller WilliamsDenver Serve’s Chicago Chapter, and more. 

To support collection efforts leading up to this event, please visit https://buttonandzipper.com/volunteer-registration/ and indicate “BGHS” in the “Coat Drive and/or Drop-off site plans section”. Our team will follow through to coordinate.





AUTHOR: Leah Rybak at LMR Consulting




1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204



For Button & Zipper media requests, please contact Ira Coleman at (833)-249-2628 or info@buttonandzipper.com.

For event details or to arrange donating gently used and new coats, please contact Stefanie O’Neil at (847) 718-4334 or stefanie.oneill@d214.org


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