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Coming Together with Friends to Celebrate

The Hole in the Wall Camps host events to raise funds and public awareness annually. Following in the spirit of past celebrations including Nick Adams and Stars in the Sky, the Association held Singers and Songs Celebrate Tony Bennett’s 80th at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles in 2006. The evening paid tribute to the magical music of a legendary American vocalist as well as the magic of Hole in the Wall Camps. Thanks in large part to a lead gift from presenting sponsor RBS Greenwich Capital, the event raised close to $1.9 million in net proceeds to directly support our Hole in the Wall Camp programs.

In 2006, we further benefited from externally sponsored events; including the premiere and advanced screenings of the Disney/Pixar film Cars, as well as fundraisers by Phi Kappa Tau fraternity chapters nationwide and the international network of The Federation of American Women's Clubs Overseas (FAWCO).

“The children have taught me patience, how to live in the present, how to be kind to each other despite our differences.”

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    a Volunteer

O u r f a m i l y o f C a m p s l e d b y T h e H o l e i n t h e W a l l T e a m H o l e i n t h e W a l l i s O f f a n d R u n n i n g Gang Camp has launched an exciting initiative to raise funds and awareness in support of Hole in the Wall Camps through marathons, bike races, walk-a-thons and other athletic events. Look for our participants in upcoming races in New York City, Boston, London and around the world. Runners will be able to sign up and create personal web pages through the Team Hole in the Wall website. To get involved, visit www.teamholeinthewall.org.

Camp Snapshots

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Connecticut

www.holeinthewallgang.org The very first Camp started by Paul Newman in 1988, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp looks like a village right out of the Old West. The sign at the entrance proclaims, "The Fun

Starts Here." Opportunities for fun steadily unfold as you follow the tree-lined dirt road that winds beside a pond, across fields, around riding stables, past wigwams and totem poles to reveal a remarkable complex. Camp features an Olympic-size pool, round Shaker-style dining hall, children's specialty theater, log cabins and a wheelchair-accessible treehouse. Here, seriously ill children enjoy boating, fishing, archery, swimming, arts and crafts, woodworking, performing arts, horseback riding, nature, overnight camping and group adventures. The summer program serves more than 1,000 extraordinary campers. Programs continue throughout the year serving even more seriously ill children and their families.

Double H Ranch, New York

www.doublehranch.org The Double H Ranch, which stands for Health and Happiness, is located in New York’s scenic Adirondack Mountains. It sits on 320 beautifully wooded acres that include the fish-friendly Lake Vanare. Each summer, Double H provides fun, support, and adventure for approximately 1,000 children who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Activities include horseback riding, creative arts, a high ropes challenge course, boating, swimming, and many other exciting activities.

The Double H offers year-round family based support programs as well as an adaptive sports program throughout the winter months. The Double H is supported by a competent medical team and a caring and compassionate staff.

“It’s not that the children say ‘Thank you for a wonderful time’

  • it’s that they say ‘thank you for changing my life.’”

  • Paul Newman, Founder of the Hole in the Wall Camps

Camp Boggy Creek, Florida

www.boggycreek.org Nestled on 232 acres of beautiful wooded land, this year-round camp is uniquely equipped to serve more than 15 disease groups. In its nine week-long summer sessions and 20 family weekends each year, children with like illnesses come together for support and acceptance. The Camp’s medical center (lovingly called The Patch) allows for state-of-the-art care thereby empowering campers to have the time of their lives. Annually, over 1,700 volunteers lend their time and talents to this inspiring work. This charming camp is comprised of Florida-cracker style buildings. Here kids get to fish, explore nature, and just have fun in the wonderful Florida sunshine.

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