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The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Willow Ann Sirch Director of Communications The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (203) 772-0522 email@example.com 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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