26th Annual Big Apple Bash
When: November, 2017
Where: New York, NY
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp will celebrate the fall season “Camp-style” in New York City! Our Big Apple Bash features an afternoon and evening of Camp fun for all ages! Donors and camper families will gather together at the 90,000 square foot premiere entertainment venue, Bowlmor Times Square, to enjoy bowling, arcades, billiards, ping pong, refreshments and more! The celebration continues as Big Apple Bash donors make their way to the Hard Rock Café in Times Square for an evening reception. Festivities will include a dinner buffet, cocktails, music, dancing and arts & crafts and surprises to be announced!
Volunteer Opportunities: Available at both "Hallowbowl" and the reception and include face-painting, registration, photo booth help and kid’s activities. Various shifts available. Let us know if you can help!
The 25th Annual Big Apple Bash – October 29, 2016
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp celebrated its 25th Annual Big Apple Bash in New York on Saturday, October 29 featuring spooktacular fun for all ages! Supported by Spellbinding Sponsors American Packaging Corporation and LiDestri Food & Drink, the Bash raised more than $1.5 million for Camp’s growing programs, a record fundraising total for the benefit.
The Halloween themed event kicked off at Bowlmor Times Square, with more than 750 donors and camper families arriving costumed as emojis, super heroes, princesses and more! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, camper families attended free of charge. The multi-level entertainment venue hosted Camp’s “Hallowbowl,” featuring an afternoon of unlimited bowling and arcade games, billiards, face painting, temporary tattoos and a never-ending buffet of tasty snacks topped off with sugary cotton candy and churros treats. New York Mets mascot, Mr. Met, made an appearance and posed for photos while also joining in on the fun, challenging guests at the air hockey table. In anticipation of the upcoming Halloween holiday, our youngest supporters decorated Camp-branded canvas trick-or-treat bags and guests were gifted Camp-branded flashlights as they departed the celebration.
Following the excitement at Bowlmor, donors didn’t have to travel far as they walked the short distance to Hard Rock Café Times Square where the fun continued at a festive evening reception. The signature Hard Rock Café marquee lights greeted guests and shined brightly with screens displaying the logos of the Bash’s lead sponsors above the sidewalks in the center of Times Square. Thriller and Monster Mash tunes echoed throughout the venue as guests posed in front of Camp’s step and repeat and received Limoncello signature cocktails courtesy of LiDestri Food & Drink. Glittery pumpkins adorned the expansive dinner and dessert buffet and multiple bars featuring cocktails and mocktails. The ever popular Kid Zone was jam-packed with activities including duct tape crafts, button making, ceramic pumpkin decorating, caricaturists, Rock Band and air brush tattoos.
Camp’s CEO Jimmy Canton addressed supporters, providing programmatic updates and introducing a screening of the Hospital Outreach Program’s new promotional video narrated by Meg Ryan. Further reminding guests what this evening was all about, senior camper Braeden shared details of his battle with aplastic anemia and how, since his first day as a camper in 2012, he and his family have been inspired and surrounded by Camp love and support. Braeden recounted how Camp provided him with memories and friendships he will cherish for a lifetime, then treated the crowd to an original song on his guitar inspired by his time at Camp that was written and recorded in Camp’s recording studio. Co-Chairs Stefani LiDestri and Peter Schottland thanked their many supporters for their generosity and reiterated the importance of the American Packaging Corporation and LiDestri Food & Drink communities helping to make Camp’s magic happen.
Following the remarks, the line-up of entertainment continued with a costume fashion show emceed by actor and Camp friend Amir Arison from NBC’s hit show The Blacklist and camper Braeden. Guests then crowded the dance floor in celebration as the DJ spun tunes late into the night.