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6th Annual Gear Up for Winter Un-Gala®

Two opportunities to celebrate keeping 54,000 children safe and warm this holiday season

Date: November 13, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. CST
Location: The Giving Factory

Un-Gala in-person is a fun, dress-down experience at The Giving Factory that includes a volunteer shift, tasty snacks and drinks, and other surprises. We will host a morning shift from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and an afternoon shift from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. For the health and safety of our guests, space is limited and masks are required. Kids of all ages are welcome! The Giving Factory is located at 4141 W. George St., Chicago, IL 60641.

Date: December 5, 2021
Time: 4 p.m. CST
Location: Online

Un-Gala at-home is a virtual event with engagement entertainment, impact presentation, and an at-home service component with activities for children and family-friendly snacks to share.

Join us for both events or just the virtual option, based on your comfort level. Your support helps us provide 54,000 Chicagoland children with warm winter essentials. Get your tickets today! For more information, please contact Kevin Mork at kmork@cradlestocrayons.org or 312-210-8708.

Register or Donate HERE:

Event Chairs

Doug & Stacey Meyer

Host Committee

Bonnie & John Atkinson
Andrew & Kate Bluestein
Emily & Fritz Buerger
Cantor Paley Giving Trust
Heath & Rakhi Fuller
Donna & Jack Greenberg
Alison & Jim Hirshorn 
Neill & Stacy Jakobe 
Amy & Marty Kaplan
Ellen & Nat Kellogg
Michelle & Ryan Kilkenney
Brenda & Doug Kush
Derek & Kim Lopez

Gear Up for Winter Sponsors


Donna & Jack Greenberg
Andy & Jenny Friedman
Alison & Jim Hirshorn
Michelle & Ryan Kilkenney
Brenda & Doug Kush
Derek & Kim Lopez
Quest Foundation


Bonnie & John Atkinson
Andrew & Kate Bluestein 
Brunswick Group Chicago
Emily & Fritz Buerger
Cantor Paley Giving Trust
Heath & Rakhi Fuller
Neill & Stacy Jakobe
Amy & Marty Kaplan 
Ellen & Nat Kellogg


Ares Management 
Discover Financial Services
Jason Fried & Caroline Linder
Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
Bernardo & Jana Hees
Amy & Jim Hughes 
Eric & Liz Lefkofsky
Barry & Debbie Lipsett
Motorola Solutions 
Nguyen Nguyen & Tan Vu


Arnold Family Foundation
John Blair & Liz Buchanan
John & Rebecca Cutler
Arunima & Sumit Dutta
Eisen Family Foundation 
Amy & Andy Farbman
Eric & Erica Feinberg
Meggan Friedman & Sam Valenzisi
Philippe Geyskens & Illene Goldman
Andrea & David Goldman
Harry Nathan Gottlieb
David & Geri Greenberg
Horizon Therapeutics
Manali & Mohit Kalra
Betsy & Jeff Kushen
Rick Maechling & Carrie McNally
Krista & Rick Meyers
PNC Bank
Sapan Shahani
Bryan & Sandra Sibert
Brent & Mara Smith
Starfish Kids
Wells Fargo
William Blair & Company


Braham Ketcham, Anna Timmerman & Family
Dan & Pam Davis
Exelon Corporation
Stacey Gillett
Megan Hermanns
Monica Lang
Debbie & Matt Michaelson
Cassidy & Eric Neveux
Jill & Mendy Pozin
Elaine & Ronald Prebish 
Marcia Richman
LaVerne Schieszler

Doug & Stacey Meyer, Event Chairs