The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
A tree house.
JIMMY CANTON: Paul Newman had a dream. In 1988, he had a dream to start a camp for children whose illness precluded them from going to any other camp. And the dream was simple for him--let's restore a sense of normalcy, let them raise a little hell. And if we can level the playing field for them and allow their medical needs to be taken care of, they can remember what it's like to be a child. Or give the man experience perhaps for the first time for what it could be like to be a child unencumbered by illness, totally at play.
What he didn't realize was how profoundly healing it would be to surround these children with 100 other children who have walked their walk and who get it, where they don't feel that they're the only ones.
We are so grateful to be a part of the Travelers Championship. Not just for the support the Travelers Championship offers us, but for the incredible awareness that they bring to camp. It's a wonderful way for our mission to be shared, not just throughout Connecticut, but all around the country.
A long dock reaches into a pond. Several people stand on the dock. Flags wave near the shore.
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Paul Newman founded The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, so that children coping with cancer and other serious illnesses could have a special place where they could simply be kids and “raise a little hell.”
The camp served 288 children during its first summer in 1988. Since then, the camp’s programs have grown to serve more than 20,000 children and family members annually throughout the Northeast. All of the camp’s services are provided free of charge.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is the primary beneficiary of the Travelers Championship, which donates 100% of net proceeds to charity. But Travelers and Hole in the Wall have a strong connection that extends beyond Connecticut’s PGA TOUR event.
Highlights of Travelers' Support
- Travelers has contributed more than $2.2 million to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp since 2007, including $1.5 million for the camp’s Hospital Outreach Program, which extends the healing power of Camp to hospitalized children across the Northeast.
- Travelers is also the primary benefactor of Hole in the Wall's Change of Pace Experience (C.O.P.E.) program, which provides valuable networking opportunities and retreats for camper parents.
- In addition to donating money, Travelers’ leaders and employees donate time at the camp, helping prepare the campgrounds and program areas for the arrival of campers and families.
- In 2008, Travelers funded the camp's universally accessible mini-golf course that can accommodate multiple cabins of campers coping with a diverse array of medical and mobility concerns.
- In the last three years, over 350 Travelers employees have volunteered to help maintain the camp and its cabins so that Hole in the Wall will remain open for years to come.
As a featured charity partner of the Travelers Championship, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has greater visibility so that others can be inspired by what Paul Newman created and help carry the torch into the future.
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Each year, Travelers employees make up one of Junior Achievement’s largest volunteer forces, helping inspire students to dream big.