Our Signature Events


Our Gear Up for Winter signature event, 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 Purple Party 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.

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Unlike their peers, kids from low-income or homeless families lack basic school supplies and clothing that provide them with a real chance to learn and succeed. In comes Backpack-A-Thon, Ready for Learning’s signature event that brings together more than 700 corporate volunteers to stuff thousands of backpacks with new school supplies. Our Service Partners pick up the backpacks and distribute them to local children before the school year starts, thus preparing them for success with a backpack full of learning tools that will have them feeling confident. 

Our Backpack-A-Thons are high-energy events fueled by great spirit and friendly competition that will provide 50,000 backpacks to children living in low-income or homeless situations in the Greater Philadelphia region, enabling them to arrive at school ready and excited to learn.

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