9th Annual Gear Up for Winter Un-Gala!

Silver Sponsors

Anonymous • Jeff Barber • Steven and Deborah Barnes • BlackRock • Colin and Alix Campbell • Nevin and Kristine Chitkara • John and Stephanie Connaughton • Gerard and Beth du Toit • Eastern Bank • Paul and Sandy Edgerley • Jeff and Christa Hawkins • Richard and Susan Holbrook • John Hancock • Karp Family Foundation • Dan and Wendy Kraft • Renée Kwok and Family • Jim and Krisann Miller • Kristin and Stephen Mugford • John and Claire Murphy • New Balance • Kathleen and Laki Nomicos • The Parthenon Group • Proskauer • Beanie and Drew Spangler • Christine and Ed Steinborn • The Rudnick Family • WinterWyman • Phyllis Yale and Tucker Taft • Paul and Sylvia Zurlo


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Cradles to Crayons’ Annual Un-Gala is a special holiday tradition that highlights our Gear Up For Winter program in a festive day of hands-on service. Companies and families with children work side by side during this unique celebration that combines philanthropy with volunteer engagement on behalf of children in need.

For thousands of children in low-income and homeless situations, warmth is an unaffordable necessity during cold winter months. Every year, the lack of adequate winter clothing will keep many children home from school and slow their physical, intellectual, and emotional development. Cradles to Crayons offers a solution: Gear Up For Winter.

Through our Gear Up for Winter program, this year Cradles to Crayons will support more than 18,000 local children with winter coats, warm clothing, and other winter essentials. Please celebrate the warmth of winter by joining us on December 6.

Un-Gala funding opportunities begin at $2,500 and your sponsorship offers you and your guests a day of teamwork alongside hundreds of other family and corporate volunteers and the opportunity to make a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of local children in-need.

For more information on sponsorship levels and benefits, please contact Julie Lima, Director of Development and Community Engagement at or (617) 678-2080.



We greatly appreciate the leadership of our Gear Up for Winter Un-Gala Committee


Todd Cook, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity • Beth Cook, Visiting Assistant Professor, UMASS Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences • Michael Ewald, Managing Director, Bain Capital/Sankaty Advisors • Laurie Ewald, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador



Jeff Bellows, VP, Corporate Citizenship, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts • Bob Boudreau, CEO, WinterWyman • Maria Bromley, Journalist • Kristine Chitkara, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador • Steve DiPrete, SVP, Business Banking, Eastern Bank • Richard Holbrook, Chairman and CEO, Eastern Bank • Susan Holbrook, Cradles to Crayons Ambassador • Noreen McMahon, Senior Director of Programs, Highland Street Foundation • Jim Miller, President and CEO, Online Convergence • Krisann Miller, Cradles to Crayons Family Leadership Circle Member • Peter Necheles, VP, General Counsel, Agero, Inc. • Aidan Riordan, EVP, Head of Affiliate Management, Old Mutual Asset Management • Don Sullivan, Administrative Partner, Greylock Partners • Victoria Sullivan, Cradles to Crayons Family Advisory Council Member • Robin Swartz, Attaché to the CEO, Senior Director, Compliance Operations, Genzyme