9th Annual Gear Up for Winter Un-Gala

Cradles to Crayons 9th Annual Un-Gala

Un-Gala®- A Fundraiser for Cradles to Crayons

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Choose one shift: 9:30am to 12:30pm or 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Winter—beautiful, peaceful winter. Part of loving winter is cherishing the cozy moments that starkly contrast with the below-freezing temperatures outside. A crackling fireplace, hot chocolate, and bundling up in a favorite blanket are some of the wonderful seasonal experiences we love to enjoy with family and friends. Seeking warmth on a cold day gives us comfort.

Imagine trying to find that same comfort without a winter coat or mittens—perhaps even in a home without heat. In the lives of thousands of children in low-income and homeless situations, that comfort becomes an unaffordable necessity, often traded to make other ends meet. Every year, the lack of adequate winter gear will keep many children home from school, pausing their development physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Cradles to Crayons has a solution: Gear Up for Winter.

Cradles to Crayons’ 9th Annual Un-Gala—our biggest annual fundraising event—will highlight the Gear Up for Winter program in a festive day of service supported by generous donors like you. This year we expect 18,000 requests for winter coats and 17,000 requests for KidPacks filled with other warm clothing and winter essentials. Gear Up for Winter aims to fulfill every single one of these requests—and to never run short of critically-needed seasonal gear. Please help us celebrate the warmth of winter by joining us this year on December 6! Respond by September 30 to ensure your sponsorship is included in our formal email invitation.

What is the Un-Gala?

Not your typical fundraising event, our Un-Gala is one of the only fundraisers that welcomes kids’ participation, involves hands-on volunteerism, and has a special focus on family service.

What to expect at the Un-Gala?

Prepare for a day of fun working alongside adults and children to give back to other families! Activities for children of all ages may include sorting and inspecting donated clothing, making blankets, cleaning toys and shoes, and shopping for children in need. Each shift will end with a celebration of our impact.

"This event is a tradition that our family does every year.  We make it a priority to attend and give back.  I never thought I'd hear my son say that he wants to volunteer.  I truly believe we get as much out of attending as the children in-need get from our support!"  -Brian F., Newton, MA

View photos from last year's event here.

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.


2014 Un-Gala Supporters

As of September 30, 2014






Steven and Deborah Barnes

Nevin and Kristine Chitkara

John and Stephanie Connaughton

John Hancock

Richard and Susan Holbrook

Dan and Wendy Kraft

Renée Kwok

Jim and Krisann Miller

New Balance

The Parthenon Group



Biogen Idec

Boston Bruins

Boston Scientific

Bob and Karen Boudreau

Brad and Lori Hamlin

Shawmut Design and Construction

Josh Klevens and Anna Sinaiko

Aidan and Katherine Riordan

Fredi and Jack Shonkoff



Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares 

Maria and Craig Bromley

Jason and Astrid Glass

Gabriel and Sarah Gomez

Jason and Helen Johnson

Online Convergence