Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp successfully raised the projected funds needed to rebuild after a devastating fire tore through the Ashford, Conn., site.
The four buildings on the camp, which has offered an emotional escape for tens of thousands of children with severe and life-threatening illnesses and their families since 1988, were left in ruin after the Feb. 12 blaze. No one was hurt in the “significant” fire.
FIRE ERUPTS AT PAUL NEWMAN’S HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP
The camp store, arts and crafts, woodshop and cooking programs, located in an area on camp known as Downtown, were completely destroyed, the camp’s chief executive, Jimmy Canton, said in an Instagram post.
Within hours, however, support from over 3,000 former campers, current and former staff members and volunteers — who are familiar with the “transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand” with the camp — began to pour in.
By Friday, the camp had already received more than $900,000 from other sources, including charitable foundations, celebrities such as golfer Bubba Watson, and even the families of campers.
As a result of the “tremendous outpouring of kindness and generosity from the thousands of people in our Camp family,” the $1 million match in donations initiated by The Travelers Companies, Inc…