PALM COAST, FL (August 31, 2021) – Black Tie Events announces its first annual DJs for PJs® event.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd from 8AM until 6PM.

The daylong event is designed to collect new pajamas for children in crisis and benefits the Guardian ad Litem program in Circuit 7, of which Flagler County is one of the counties. Local disk jockeys from Flagler Broadcasting will encourage corporate and individual donations by broadcasting live from a Palm Coast location TBA.

DJs for PJs was started in Las Vegas in 2003 and up until 2015, the organizers collected more than 100,000 pairs of brand-new pajamas for local agencies to distribute to children in distress. The program is now here in Florida and will serve local children in need.

Beth McKiernan, a recruiter for the Guardian ad Litem program, says, “I was thrilled when Lee called to ask if the children we represent could possibly benefit from an event like this. They absolutely can! There are more than 1500 children in need and go to local shelters with little more than the clothes on their backs and more than half of them are under the age of 8, so finding them clean pajamas they can call their own, is an ongoing challenge.”

Fostering Connections St. Johns, is the nonprofit arm of the Circuit 7 Guardian ad Litem program. They will be acting as the fiduciary agent so any monetary donations that are received before, during and after the DJs for PJs® event will go directly to their local headquarters.  The pajamas will eventually be distributed by the volunteer Guardian ad Litem to the over 1,500 children in Flagler, Volusia, Putnam, and St. Johns County in foster care.

Lee Filipe, from Black Tie Events, says “We have such a philanthropic community that we started getting inquiries about where people could donate pajamas now, before October 23rd. Several area businesses and restaurants stepped up right away and starting September 1st we will have collection boxes in eight lobby and reception areas to make it easy for our Flagler County residents to donate. Texas Roadhouse and Terranova’s will offer 10% off to each person donating pajamas in September, for example.”

 

Kathy Austrino, broker/owner of TAG Ventures Real Estate and founder of the TAG V. BEAR Foundation said she’s proud to serve as a drop off location for the pajama drive.

“I met with Lee Filipe regarding a future event we’ll be doing when she mentioned DJs for PJs and discussed a tidbit that is frequently overlooked, at least by me,” shared Austrino.

“Often children joining a foster family arrive with only the clothes they’re wearing. As you know I strive to support locally whenever, however I can. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity to help in this way. It’s just a great idea that I’m delighted to take part in,” she said.

For more information about the event, sponsor opportunities or to volunteer please visit https://www.fosteringconnectionsstjohns.org/djsforpjs  or call Lee at 386.283.2746 or email her at blacktie-events@hotmail.com.

 

About Black Tie Events

Lee Filipe started Black Tie Events in Las Vegas, NV in 1999 specializing in corporate and social events at first, then evolving to nonprofit events in 2005. She has been doing MONOPOLY® and other themed events for charities around the country since 2008 and has helped raise much needed funds for a variety of different organizations. She moved to Palm Coast in 2018 and is excited to be making a difference in the community with her unique fundraisers to help local nonprofits.  For more info please call Lee at 386.283.2746 or email her at blacktie-events@hotmail.com.

 

 

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