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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.

Simon Konover (1922 – 2015) – A longtime Camp Board Member, Simon’s legacy of generosity endures at Camp as well as through the continued friendship of his family and The Simon Konover Company. He will be deeply missed.

From Camp’s earliest days, our Founder Paul Newman knew that it would take other hands and other hearts to make his dream a reality. Simon Konover was a longtime board member whose company built the Camp in a miraculous nine months, and his legacy of generosity and compassion is carried on by his family and The Simon Konover Company who continue to do so much for the seriously ill children and families in our care.

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Great Pumpkin Challenge to Return to Main Street

Rising Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page is planning to issue her yearly challenge to Newtown again this fall, in the hopes that The Great Pumpkin Challenge will enhance the tradition of celebrating Halloween on Main Street. This week Mackenzie said her decision last year to donate part of the donations to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, Paul Newman’s nonprofit organization for seriously ill children, will be furthered this fall with all of the collected money going to the camp.