Show to aid Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

More than 200 Kings Highway Elementary School students will perform Tuesday, March 27, in a fundraiser that aims to send sick children to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp this summer.

The show is planned at 5 p.m. in the Saugatuck Elementary School auditorium, which has more seating that Kings Highway.

The variety show is Kings Highway's eighth annual and is its largest charity fundraising event of the year, sponsors said.

The school's goal this year is to raise $10,000 -- enough to send four children to the camp for seriously ill children founded by the late Paul Newman in woodsy eastern Connecticut.

Tickets for the show are not required.

During the show, students will circulate through the audience with buckets accepting donations, sponsors said. As in a telethon, the total amount raised will be announced throughout the show in hopes of stimulating more donations.

Sponsors also are encouraging credit card donations before the show, which may be made by visiting the show's website.

Kings Highway's first charity variety how was in the 2004-2005 school year to raise money to aid victims of the Tsunami that struck Sri Lanka.

No student who wants to perform is turned away, sponsors said, and the show is put together by teachers.

Founded by Newman in 1988, the nonprofit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp offers free summer-camp experiences to children with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses.

To donate with a credit card before the show, visit www.woovite.com/varietyshow