Boxer Bowtie Club Gala
It all started with nine high-school friends—Adam Luchansky, Andy Porter, Brett Reis, Emil DeFrancesco, Glen Kendall, Kale Butcher, Luke Dudley, Matt Silver and Ryan Squillante—and a boxer dog named Jericho. Looking for a way to stay close while supporting causes they cared about, the friends founded the Boxer Bowtie Club in 2015, creating a platform where they could give back while inspiring the same mindset in other young professionals.
Since then, the group has hosted three fundraising events in New York City and one in Dallas—and has doubled its membership. They are planning to launch their third chapter in California in the Summer of 2019. Camp is fortunate to be the organization's New York charity partner, receiving more than $150,000 over the last three years.
“Having gone to high school in Weston, Connecticut, we were all familiar with Paul Newman and his philanthropic efforts,” said founding member Adam Luchansky. “We knew Hole in the Wall was the right partner, and each time we visit the Camp, our commitment to the cause is reinforced.”
Looking to generate excitement and offer a unique experience in a cluttered New York fundraiser space, Boxer Bowtie hosted its first event—Cards for Camp—aboard a yacht. The casino night included a cruise around the Manhattan harbor, open bar, food, live music, auctions and featured a former camper who shared his experience at camp and the positive impact it made on his life. It inspired a loyal following, with many attendees returning year after year.
“It was a priority for us to offer attendees a memorable experience, and even more important to ensure that they left the event with a clear understanding of Hole in the Wall’s mission and impact,” said founding member Matt Silver. “Our goal is for the attendees to leave the event as empowered ambassadors of Hole in the Wall, who are committed to supporting and volunteering with the organization for the rest of their lives.”
The club members also have proven to be committed supporters of Camp, volunteering on several occasions, as well as participating in Camp events like Polo for Children, Big Apple Bash, and the Camp Challenge Ride & Bandit 5K.
“Camaraderie is a core value at Hole in the Wall, so it is wonderful to partner with the Boxer Bowtie Club, who also bring friendship to the core of everything they do,” said Andrea Keefe, manager, Peer-to-Peer programs. “We are so grateful for their passion for Camp and incredible ability to inspire and mobilize their community in supporting our mission. We look forward to being a part of their future growth.”
To learn more about the Boxer Bowtie Club or to purchase tickets for their New York City event, please visit www.boxerbowtieclub.org/nyc.