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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                CONTACT: Willow Ann Sirch
                                                 Director of Communications
                                                 The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
                                                 (203) 772-0522
                                                 willow.sirch@holeinthewallgang.org




                    The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
               Hospital Outreach Program Receives Award


New Haven, CT – April 21, 2008 – The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is the 2008
recipient of the Boston Medical Center’s Barbara Levy Volunteer of the Year
Award. The award was presented by Dr. Barry Zuckerman, Chief of Pediatrics
and Dr. Harvey Levy at Boston Medical Center’s 18th Annual Volunteer
Appreciation Night on Thursday, April 17 at the Boston University School of
Medicine. Kevin Rice, Hole in the Wall Gang Hospital Outreach
Specialist/Supervisor, along with Outreach Specialists Jared Carroll, Nicole
Lamontagne and Jimmy Guity, accepted the award on behalf of The Camp. The
award is given each year to honor a person or team that best exemplifies
outstanding dedication to the children of Boston Medical Center.

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Hospital Outreach Specialists bring the joy of Camp
to hundreds of seriously ill hospitalized children at Boston Medical Center and
other hospitals on a weekly basis. The Outreach Specialists offer children
unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions to
restore joy, laughter and self-esteem in times often laden with change and
uncertainty.

“What a wonderful, heartfelt way for Boston Medical Center to honor its
partnership with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp,” said Hole in the Wall Gang
Camp Executive Director James Canton. “We are deeply privileged to be able to
bring the joy and healing of Camp to seriously ill children at Boston Medical
Center.”

“We appreciate the partnership that we have with Boston Medical Center’s
Volunteer Services and Child Life Department, and are grateful for this
recognition of The Camp’s contribution,” added Mary Naumec, Director of the
Hospital Outreach Program for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

“We are honored to receive this award from Boston Medical Center,” observed
Kevin Rice, Hospital Outreach Specialist/Supervisor for The Hole in the Wall
Gang Camp. “We truly enjoy our work with the kids. Seeing their faces light up
when we visit is the best feeling and our greatest reward.”

“All who interact with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp know how lucky our
patients and staff are to be on the receiving end of such a generous
organization,” observed Boston Medical Center Pediatric Volunteer Coordinator
Dottie Keosaian. “We are very pleased to be working with The Hole in the Wall
Gang Camp.”


About The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides a
joyful, unforgettable camping experience for children coping with cancer, sickle
cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia and other life-threatening illnesses and
conditions coupled with round-the-clock medical care of the highest quality.
Program activities are designed to allow every child to participate and managed
to ensure that no child will fail. The summer program serves more than 1,000
campers; a total of 15,000 youngsters are served annually through weekend
programs for campers, families and caregivers, and the Camp’s Hospital
Outreach Program where Outreach Specialists bring the joy of Camp to seriously
ill youngsters in hospitals on a weekly basis. All services are provided free of
charge. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is located in Ashford, Connecticut, with
development offices in New Haven, Connecticut. It is through the generosity of
many friends that the programs of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp are made
possible. Visit www.holeinthewallgang.org for more information about the Camp.


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