Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive -- at home, at school and at play. The organization supplies these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children's items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, and are distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through a collaborative network of social service agencies and school partners.
The Un-Gala is a unique event that combines philanthropy with a hands-on day of volunteer service. One hundred percent of the funds raised through the Un-Gala directly support the mission to help thousands of children in need stay safe and warm during the winter months. More than 300 large-hearted individuals, especially families with young children, came out to support the cause at this year's Un-Gala.
"Cradles to Crayons is near and dear to my heart, and it is a real privilege to be a small part of such a huge, heart-warming event and experience,"
Other 2012 Un-Gala event sponsors and contributors included: Platinum-Level sponsors, Bank of America, Digitas, and Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine; Gold-Level sponsors, Agero, Inc., Anonymous, The Highland Street Foundation, Jordan & Julie Hitch; Silver-Level sponsors, Analog Devices, Steven & Deborah Barnes, Wendy & Telis Bertsekas, Bertucci’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Boston Business Journal, John & Stephanie Connaughton, Eastern Bank, Sandy & Paul Edgerley, Michael & Laurie Ewald, The Hamilton Company, Jeff & Christa Hawkins, Steve & Jill Karp, Jonathan & Patti Kraft, Krisann & Jim Miller, Kristen & Stephen Mugford, New Balance, Paul & Kristen Reeder, Staples, State Street Corporation, Phyllis Yale & Tucker Taft, Paul & Sylvia Zurlo; Bronze-Level sponsors, Anonymous (2), Doug & Diana Berthiaume, Andrew & Debbie Carlino, Color Copy Center Boston, Cook Family, CVS Caremark, Jonathan & Vicki Desimone, Suzy & Sean Doherty, Gerard & Beth Du Toit, EMC, Scott Friend & Leslie Riedel, Harvard University, Hill Holiday, Rich & Susan Holbrook, Viva & Geoffrey Hyatt, Andrew & Cindy Janower, Jamie & Kate Kellogg, Wendy & Dan Kraft, Gordon & Tania Kluzak, Richard & Susan Lynch, Kara Murphy & Mike Pierce, Neighborhood Health Plan, NSTAR, Shawmut Design and Construction, Newcomb & Katherine Stillwell, Teuber Family, Waters Corporation, Whole Foods Market; Friends, Anonymous, James & Beth Athanasoulas, Kyle & Jennifer Betty Family, Boston Bruins Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Cara Soulia Photography, Julia Clarkson & Steve Glick, Rachel & Kevin Conn, Davis, Malm & D’Agostine P.C., Steve & Deborah DiPrete, Gabriel & Sarah Gomez, Anne Grape, Amanda & Sam Kennedy, Klevens - Sinaiko Family, Brett & Emily L’Esperance, Philip & Elizabeth Loughlin, Kim Lowe & John Kearse, Michael & Molly Manning, Elena & Tom Matlack, Alison & Jac McLean, Mischler Family, Peter Necheles & Marlissa Briggett, Kari & Dan O’Donnell, Olshaker Family, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Liz & Julian Seeley, David Simon & Susan Galvin, Cynthia Strauss & Harry Sherr, So Graceful Photography, Brooks & Yolanda Taylor, Teradyne, Inc., Phil Tinmouth & Brit Dewey, Vanessa Trien, Paul & Christina van Houten, WGBH, and Wolf Greenfield.
Cradles to Crayons is the official non-profit partner of DJ John Dudley Entertainment. The entertainment company has been providing professional in-kind music and event services for Cradles to Crayons events, including the Annual Backpack-A-Thon at Boston City Hall Plaza and Annual Un-Gala, for many years now.
For more information on Cradles to Crayons, please visit http://www.cradlestocrayons.org, or follow the organization on Facebook (Cradles to Crayons) and Twitter (@c2cboston)