Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Children’s Charity Facebook Fundraiser
Founded in 1988 by Oscar winning actor and legendary philanthropist Paul Newman, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing seriously ill children and their families the chance to, "experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp."
And today, the charity is holding its first livestreaming fundraiser on Facebook.
Since its founding, thousands of kids aged 7-15 and their caregivers have enjoyed -- free of charge -- that unforgettable summer camp experience, complete with cookouts, horseback riding, swimming, mini golf, arts and crafts and the like, giving them some levity in the face of illness.
For those whose health conditions make it impossible to attend the camp sessions in Ashford, Connecticut, the Hole in the Wall Gang comes to their hospital, to spread some of that summertime fun indoors, and to help, "restore joy and laughter in a time of fear, stress and uncertainty."
It was "Paul Newman's dream [to bring] 'a different kind of healing' to exciting new places," Ryan Thompson, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s Chief Development and Communications Officer tells ABC News. "We are excited that our first ever Facebook Live Fundraiser...will not only invite new friends to support our children and families, but also provide them with a 'hole' different way of understanding the joy and hope filled experiences that the Camp's programming makes possible."
The livestreaming event will take place on the charity's Facebook page from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Eastern time.