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31st Annual Big Apple Bash

When: Fall 2022
Where: Big Apple Circus and Tavern on the Green, New York, NY

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If you are interested in participating and/or being added to our invitation list, please contact Courtney Pandolfi at (203) 745-2711 or via email.

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Many Hearts, One Dream: A "Hole" Celebration of Camp Magic - September 12, 2021

The magic of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp streamed into the homes and hearts of old and new friends on September 12, 2021 via Camp’s website, bringing together its three largest annual fundraising events – Beantown Bash, Fandango Benefit Gala and Big Apple Bash – for one inspiring virtual celebration. Celebrity friends Corbin Bleu, Bradley Cooper, Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Jackson, Nikki M. James, David Letterman, Matthew McConaughey, Seth Meyers, Melissa Newman, Al Pacino, Lea Salonga, Kyra Sedgwick, Phillipa Soo, Blair Underwood, Bubba Watson, and Vanessa Williams continued a decades-long tradition of appearing alongside Hole in the Wall campers in a one-a-kind show – all to benefit Camp’s year-round programs. And to make the combined virtual celebration all the more special, friends of the Beantown and Big Apple Bashes were presented with Hole in the Wall’s highest honor, the Most Wanted Award, in recognition of their collective support of Camp’s children and families for more than 25 years.  Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors, more than $3 million was raised to support our growing programs.


Due to COVID-19, the 29th Annual Big Apple Bash scheduled for fall 2020 at Big Apple Circus and Tavern on the Green was canceled. Thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsors American Packaging Corporation and LiDestri Food and Drink, and our Big Apple Bash community, more than $1.7 million was raised to benefit Camp.

The 28th Annual Big Apple Bash November 9, 2019

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp celebrated its 28th Annual Big Apple Bash in New York on Saturday, November 9th. “Bandit Brigade” presenting sponsors, American Packaging Corporation and LiDestri Food and Drink worked tirelessly to rally their networks throughout the year, raising more than $2 million for Camp’s growing programs, a record fundraising total for the event.

The festivities kicked off at Big Apple Circus in Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center. Before 1,400 guests including campers from the New York Tri-State Region enjoyed two hours of juggling, acrobatics and aerialists, they were treated to complimentary face painting and clown noses. Camp’s CEO Jimmy Canton and Bash Co-Chairs Stefani LiDestri and Peter Schottland served as Guest Ringmasters for the performance, welcoming the crowd prior to the lights going down under the big top tent. With no seat more than 50 feet from the ring, attendees experienced all of the thrills and laughs up close!

Following the Big Apple Circus fun, Bash donors traveled to the iconic Tavern on the Green restaurant nestled a few blocks away just inside Central Park for an evening reception. LiDestri Food and Drink signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert buffets and activities for the whole family greeted guests upon arrival. Mr. Met and an LED butterfly posed for photos with guests, while a virtual reality experience, a photo booth, a balloonologist, a caricaturist and arts & crafts entertained our youngest supporters in the Kid Zone. DJ Kaz kept guests dancing to current pop hits and classic favorites into the night!

Kicking off the evening’s short program, Jimmy shared program updates before introducing camper Neena who remarked on her challenges with Polyarteritis Nodosa, an inflammation of the blood vessels. Following Neena’s inspiring words on how Camp is her home away from home, she took center stage, singing a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Only We Know.” Neena received a standing ovation for her bravery, strength and talent before Stefani and Peter approached the podium to thank supporters for their tremendous contributions.

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