33rd Annual Big Apple Bash
When: Saturday, November 9, 2024
Time: 6 - 10 p.m.
Where: Tavern on the Green
West 67 St @ Central Park West, New York City
Thanks to the leadership of American Packaging Corporation and LiDestri Food and Drink, and the generosity of our Camp community, the Big Apple Bash has raised an astounding $20 million over the past three decades to support Hole in the Wall’s year-round programs for children with serious illnesses and their families.
We look forward to welcoming longtime and new Camp friends back to Manhattan for an unforgettable evening packed with a “hole” lot of fun for the entire family including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert buffets, musical performances and so much more. Check back for more details!
If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sam Klozik at (203) 745-2721 or via email.
32nd Annual Big Apple Bash
November 11, 2023
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp returned to the iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant nestled inside New York City’s Central Park to celebrate its 32nd Annual Big Apple Bash on Saturday, November 11th. “Bandit Brigade” presenting sponsors American Packaging Corporation and LiDestri Food and Drink worked tirelessly to rally their networks throughout the year, raising $1.8 million to support Camp’s growing programs.
Kicking off the evening’s short program, Camp’s CEO Jimmy Canton shared Hole in the Wall updates and reminded all of what their generosity makes possible — providing opportunities for children with serious illnesses to do things they never imagined were possible, reminding them that their disease does not define who they are or what they are capable of…breeding hope, confidence and resilience. Supporters were then inspired by the resilience of one such camper, Abby, as she shared her challenging journey with Esthesioneuroblastoma and how Hole in the Wall provided community and connection for her and her family throughout her multiple rounds of surgeries and treatments for this rare cancer. Closing out the program, Bash Co-Chairs Stefani LiDestri and Peter Schottland expressed heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of partners who championed the fundraising efforts this year.
More than 450 guests were treated to themed beach, jungle, circus and retro rooms throughout the venue featuring cocktails and mocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffets and more. The courtyard tent and mainstage spotlighted a variety of performances. A Ringmaster extraordinaire, jugglers, clowns and contortionists from Omnium Circus wowed guests, and Shake Rattle & Roll dueling pianists took song requests and led boisterous singalongs. Balloonologists, caricaturists, and arts and crafts rounded out the offerings in the Kid Zone, as DJ Kaz kept guests dancing to current pop hits and classic favorites into the night. An interactive s’mores buffet fittingly closed out the festivities!