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The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

October 01, 2013 17:07 ET

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary in New York City With More Than 1,000 Guests, Raising $2 Million

Evening Remembers Founder Paul Newman, Shares Inspirational Stories and Highlights Future Plans

NEW HAVEN, CT--(Marketwired - October 01, 2013) - For 25 years, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has brought "a different kind of healing" to seriously ill children in the Northeast -- providing fun, laughter and acceptance to families facing difficult times. On Monday, the organization celebrated this milestone at its Bandits in the Big Apple 25th Anniversary Celebration in New York City, showcasing the talents of its campers and celebrity friends, while raising $2 million to support the Camp's year-round services. The evening's co-chairs were The Alec Baldwin Foundation, American Packaging Corporation, LiDestri Food & Beverage, Newman's Own Foundation, Rick & Sandy Sorenson and The Travelers Companies, Inc.

The event, which moved the Camp's annual Gala celebration from Ashford Conn. to Manhattan's Upper West Side this year, featured retrospectives and performances by The Hole in the Wall Gang Campers and the cast of Broadway's Pippin, as well as celebrity friends Bruce Willis, Renee Zellweger, Joy Behar, David Crosby, Kelli O'Hara, John Pizzarelli and Lillias White. Musical performances were joined with inspirational stories from camper families and reminiscences from longtime Camp friends. Guests enjoyed a Western-themed pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-performance dinner buffet with live music by the Roots/Americana band Poor Old Shine.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded by Paul Newman in 1988 so that seriously ill children and their families could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp. What began with 288 campers that first year is now a year-round, multifaceted organization that serves more than 20,000 children and family members free of charge.

"At Camp we feel that to those whom much is given, much is expected," said Camp CEO James Canton. "Camp has indeed been given much over the years -- an inspirational founder, generous friends, devoted staff and volunteers and, most important of all, the faith our families place in us. And yet there are still so many children and families out there who long to be connected."

As the Camp's year-long 25th anniversary celebration draws to a close, the organization shared details from a strategic plan mapping out growth and initiatives planned for the next five years. This includes expanding the Hospital Outreach Program into new regions to reach more seriously ill children, creating a mobile CampOut program to further engage current campers, leveraging research to enrich services, enhancing the Camp facility in Connecticut and exploring new, innovative ways to improve the lives of seriously ill children. Additional information on the strategic plan can be found at http://www.holeinthewallgang.org/document.doc?id=504.

Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing "a different kind of healing" to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast, the Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually. All services are free of charge.

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