“Forgotten Hollywood”- Blaze at Paul Newman Camp…

Posted on February 12, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`A fire has destroyed a portion of Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children in Connecticut. The blaze destroyed two buildings, including a large structure that was made to look like the center of an old western town. It appears no one was injured.

“`The camp, with extensive medical facilities on site, was founded by Newman in 1988 in the woods of eastern Connecticut, with a Western motif inspired by the late actor’s movie  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The camp is funded in part through proceeds from the sale of Newman’s Own brand products.

“`The facility provides summer camping experiences adapted for children with serious physical and medical limitations, although its traditional summer camp was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.  It also runs outreach programs for youngsters in about forty hospitals, clinics, and other settings in the Northeast, serving more than twenty thousand kids each year. According to their website:

Paul Newman, while a successful actor, was also a visionary with the heart of a child. His personality, playfulness and mischievousness are infused within every corner of Camp, from the pirate flag he raised on the tree house to the days he spent on the lake fishing with campers. It was Paul’s dream that Camp, with its unobtrusive expert medical care, would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance.

“`It took ninety minutes to bring the fire under control and firefighters were also able to save the camp’s infirmary.  The cause of the blaze is being investigated by federal, state, and local authorities.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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