9th Annual Gear Up for Winter Un-Gala!

Silver Sponsors

Steven and Deborah Barnes • BlackRock • Nevin and Kristine Chitkara • John and Stephanie Connaughton • Gerard and Beth du Toit • Eastern Bank • Paul and Sandy Edgerley • The Rudnick Family • Jeff and Christa Hawkins • Richard and Susan Holbrook • John Hancock • Dan and Wendy Kraft • Renée Kwok • Jim and Krisann Miller • Kristin and Stephen Mugford • New Balance • Kathleen and Laki Nomicos • The Parthenon Group

Click here for a list of additional sponsors.


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. Kindly respond by October 24 to assure that your support is includes in our printed invitation.

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


Bronze Sponsors
Biogen Idec • Boston Bruins • Boston Scientific • Doug and Diana Berthiaume • Bob and Karen Boudreau • Julia Clarkson and Steve Glick •  Jeff and Tori Constantino • Kevin and Rachel Conn • Steve and Mary Coyle • Michael and Kristen Croke • Bruce and Lynn Dayton • Jonathan and Vicki Desimone • Sean and Suzy Doherty • The Hamlin Family • Derek and Donna Hayden • The Heslam Family • Josh Klevens and Anna Sinaiko • Aidan and Katherine Riordan • Shawmut Design and Construction • Fredi and Jack Shonkoff • State Street Corporation • Waters Corporation
Friend Sponsors
Ace Ticket • Joe Berman and Sharon Cantor • Maria and Craig Bromley • Cambridge Biomedical • Carney, Sandoe & Associates • Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Cares • Davis, Malm & D'Agostine P.C. • Stephen and Deborah DiPrete • Jason and Astrid Glass • Gabriel and Sarah Gomez • Mark and Mia Halfman • Jeremy and Carolyn Hastings • Jeff and Kathy Jacobs • Andrew and Cindy Janower • David Jegen and Cindy Greene • Jay and Janice Jester • Jason and Helen Johnson • Phillip and Elizabeth Loughlin • Richard and Susan Lynch • Laura and Todd MacLean • Michael and Molly Manning • Kathleen and Kirk Metcalf • Jon Olshaker and Kelly Howell • Online Convergence • Matthew and Lori Sidman