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Newman film to be screened as camp fundraiser

Published 1:32 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
  • The late Paul Newman, shown in a March 1995 file photo, will be honored by the Hole in the Wall Camp at its annual Founder's Day benefit with a screening of "Cool Hand Luke." Photo: LOIS BERNSTEIN, ST / FILE

    The late Paul Newman, shown in a March 1995 file photo, will be honored by the Hole in the Wall Camp at its annual Founder's Day benefit with a screening of "Cool Hand Luke."

    Photo: LOIS BERNSTEIN, ST

 

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The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's fourth annual Founder's Day Celebration honoring the late Paul Newman will feature a benefit screening of "Cool Hand Luke" at the Westport Country Playhouse.

The fundraiser is planned for Thursday, Jan. 24. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the screening at 7.

In "Cool Hand Luke," the 1973 Stuart Rosenberg film, Newman plays one of his most iconic roles -- a free-spirited prisoner on a Southern chain gang who refuses to kowtow to authority.

Tickets are $100 and include complimentary concessions. Sponsorship packages also are available.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Newman's founding of the nonprofit Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children. Taking its name from a gang of train robbers in another Newman film, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the camp provides free respites for children with cancer, sickle-cell anemia and other serious conditions.

During its first season in the woodsy eastern Connecticut town of Ashford, the Hole in the Wall Gang camp served 288 campers. A quarter-century later, according to a news release, the camp and year-round outreach programs at hospitals and clinics serve more than 20,000 children and family members annually. All services are free.

In the release, Chief Executive Officer James Canton said it was fitting to honor Newman with a screening of "Cool Hand Luke."

"This special evening will highlight the values of kindness, compassion and generosity that Paul held most dear and that are brought to life each day at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp," he said.

Sponsorship packages for the screening include advertising opportunities and a pre-screening reception at the Dressing Room restaurant nearby.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are available by calling Amanda Garbatini at 203-772-0522, ext. 22, or e emailing her at amanda.garbatini@holeinthewallgang.org. They also are available by visiting www. holeinthewallgang.org/luke.