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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT BACKPACK-A-THON WILL NOT TAKE PLACE IN 2020 DUE TO COVID-19.
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.