Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cool Hand Luke Benefits Hole in the Wall Kids


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"Celebrating Cool Hand Luke and the Gang" will gather new and longtime Hole in the Wall Camp friends for some big screen fun 7pm Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, Westport.

A portion of each $100 ticket is tax dedeuctible. Sponsorship packages are also available and include a pre-screening reception.

The festivities will kick-off with highlights of Camp's growing services followed by a viewing of "Cool Hand Luke" starring Paul Newman, who opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut in 1988 so that children coping with serious illnesses could have a special hideout where they could simply be kids. The Camp, which served 288 campers its first year, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2012-13 with 20,000 children and family members now experiencing "a different kind of healing" annually.

Each year, 2,500 are served onsite and 19,000 visits by the Hospital Outreach Program bring the fun and friendship of Camp into more than 20 sites throughout the Northeast - all free of charge. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is celebrating this milestone with events and initiatives that will gather the Camp family together and invite new friends to support Paul Newman's dream.To purchase tickets visit the camp's website or contact Jennifer Weeks, director of special events, at 203-772-0522 x19 or jennifer.weeks@holeinthewallgang.org.

Should inclement weather prevent the event from taking place on Jan. 24, "Celebrating Cool Hand Luke & the Gang" will be held on March 7.

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