The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

News & Press Releases

Statement from The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp CEO James Canton about the fire at Camp

We are saddened to share that there was a fire at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp this evening. We are extremely grateful that it appears nobody was injured, but can confirm that our Arts & Crafts, Woodshop, Cooking Zone and Camp Store buildings were all destroyed. We deeply appreciate the quick response of the local fire departments and Connecticut State Police Troop C. Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, what is known is that The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community devoted to hope and healing. We will get through this in the way that we always have and always will – as a family.

Notification of Blackbaud Data Breach

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was notified by Blackbaud, Inc., a service provider that hosts our donor database, that they discovered and stopped a ransomware attack that culminated in May 2020. According to Blackbaud, prior to locking the cybercriminal out, a copy of a subset of data was removed from their servers, which prompted Blackbaud to pay the cybercriminal’s demand with confirmation that the copied data was destroyed. Although Blackbaud assured affected organizations that encrypted data such as bank and credit card information were not accessed during this attack, it is possible that other donor data such as contact and demographic information as well as details of relationships to Camp – including gift dates and amounts – may have been exposed.

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Names Ryan Thompson as Chief Development and Communications Officer

We're excited to share that Ryan Thompson has been appointed Camp's Chief Development and Communications Officer. Ryan has been a passionate member of the Hole in the Wall family for many years, and joined the staff full time seven years ago. As Camp's Chief Communications Officer, he led efforts to enhance Hole in the Wall communications while also serving as an integral part of our fundraising team.

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Sam Ross (1928-2018) -Sam "Rollo" Ross' legacy continues at Camp through his many contributions as a Founding Board Member and his long-standing, selfless devotion to our mission. He will be deeply missed.

From The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's beginning, Founder Paul Newman inspired other hands and hearts to make his dream their own in pursuit of providing "a different kind of healing" to seriously ill children. Sam "Rollo" Ross answered that call, lending his expertise in residential programming for children, which helped shape Camp's programming. We are grateful for his endless passion for Hole in the Wall, which stemmed from his love of children and his conviction that a community of acceptance and understanding brings healing.

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Remembering Howard "Doc" Pearson, MD (1929-2016)

Today, we remember Dr. Howard “Doc” Pearson, Hole in the Wall’s Founding Medical Director and a beloved member of our Camp family, who passed away this weekend. Since day one, Doc was a tireless advocate for and passionate believer in “a different kind of healing,” and we are grateful for the extraordinary skill, incredible friendship and endless compassion that define his legacy. Happy trails to you, Doc Pearson. Until we meet again.