Our Signature Events


Our Gear Up for Winter signature event, the Un-Gala®, is a two-part fundraiser celebration. Many children will struggle to stay warm this season in our harsh climate. The Gear Up for Winter initiative brings communities, companies and families together to provide children in need with warm winter essentials.

Un-Gala Family Day offers Family Leadership Circle members an opportunity to model philanthropy in action for their children. Gather with hundreds of other volunteers to sort and pack clothing, shoes, coats, hats, and more  essential items that bring warmth to thousands of children throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

Un-Gala Preview Night is a more grown-up atmosphere with cocktails and a silent auction. Enjoy a fabulous night out for a great cause and help us keep kids warm.

Learn more about Un-Gala® >


Un-like their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families lack basic school supplies that provide them with a real chance to learn and succeed. Ready for School’s signature event, Backpack-A-Thon® brings together more than 600 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.

At this high-energy event, volunteers from various corporate partners stuff backpacks assembly-line style  with friendly competition encouraged! Our Service Partners then pick up the backpacks and distribute them to needy children before the school year starts, getting local children ready and excited to learn.  

Learn more about Backpack-A-Thon® >

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Metroplex May Day Product Collection! @ Metroplex Target Parking Lot
May 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cradles to Crayons and The Goldenberg Group are excited to host the 5th Annual Metroplex May Day Collection in the Target parking lot at the Plymouth Meeting Metroplex on Chemical Road. 

Cradles to Crayons will be collecting everyday items for children in homeless and low-income situations, ages 0-12, in the Greater Philadelphia region. Volunteers from both organizations will be on hand to collect donations of new and gently used children’s clothing, shoes, books, toys, baby equipment, and school supplies.

For a full list of items we accept please visit here: Items We Accept

Metroplex May Day will also include the fourth annual Battle of the Schools! The two local schools who collect the most items and raise the most funds will named Top Collector and will each win a trophy, bragging rights, and a prize of $1,250! To get your school involved email

Please click here to help your local school raise funds as part of this initiative: 

This event is part of Cradles to Crayons annual Spring Greening initiative.

To learn more about Spring Greening, please visit here: Spring Greening