Our Signature Events


Our Gear Up for Winter signature event, Un-Gala®, brings families together to have fun and give back. Each winter, volunteers – of all ages – gather to sort and pack everyday essentials – like hats, gloves, scarves, and more – that bring warmth to thousands of Chicagoland children in need.

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Un-like their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families may lack basic school supplies. Ready for School’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings together more than 300 volunteers, primarily corporate, to stuff thousands of backpacks and to enable kids to arrive at school ready and excited to learn. Backpack-A-Thon® is a high-energy corporate event fueled by great spirit and friendly competition.

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