The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, a growing global community of innovative camps and programs for children with serious illnesses founded by Paul Newman, was the true star of the evening and took center stage when Gyllenhaal announced that the organization has changed its name to SeriousFun Children’s Network. The new name underscores Newman’s passionate belief in the power of taking fun seriously, and more broadly represents the organization’s expanding global reach.
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 02: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends a Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to Benefit the SeriousFun Children's Network at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on April 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children's Network)
About SeriousFun Children’s Network
SeriousFun Children’s Network is a growing global community of innovative camps and programs that provide life-changing support to children with serious illnesses and their families. Known as The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps until April 2012, when the organization changed its name to underscore founder Paul Newman’s passionate belief in the power of taking fun seriously, SeriousFun Children’s Network remains deeply rooted in the philosophy that children with serious illnesses deserve an opportunity to simply be kids. Since the first camp’s inception in 1988, more than 384,700 children and their families have been served by SeriousFun Children’s Network, including over 253,800 children from 50 countries. Today, SeriousFun Children’s Network includes 28 initiatives worldwide, all reaching beyond illness to help children and their families discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibility. SeriousFun Children’s Network and each of its member camps are independent, not-for-profit organizations dependent upon private funding and the generosity of others to serve all children free of charge. Visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org