Just as the thermometer starts to drop and furnaces click on, every student at Centennial Elementary School in Harrison School District 2 has a new winter coat.

The seventh annual Koats 4 Kids on Oct. 4 brought in 543 warm, colorful wraps.

Koats 4 Kids, at The Mining Exchange, treated 400 guests to wine and a buffet, with music by students from The Colorado Springs Conservatory.

A record-breaking $11,798 was raised for The Colorado Springs Conservatory Scholarship Fund from the auction and door prizes.

Koats 4 Kids was organized in 2007 and has provided new coats for students in different elementary schools each year: Helen Hunt (D-11), Aragon (D-8,) Will Rogers (D-11), Oak Creek (D-3), Pinello (D-2) and Evans (D-49).

The committee putting together the 2013 benefit: Jen Furda, Tina Dewar, Denise Schall, Caryn Becker, Cathy D'Agostino, Courtney Olson, Ed Doerffel, James Dodd, Linda Weise, Sara Muirheid, Susan Hirst, Tammy Mondragon and Madeleine Mellini.

Photos courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory