USMX and ILA Raise $100,000 in 2015 Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Charity Outing

On May 18, 2015, the USMX and ILA were proud to host the 22nd Annual Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Fund Golf Outing in Forsgate, NJ. Though the weather was brisk, the atmosphere was jovial as both sides came together to support this very worthy cause. With the help of its generous member sponsors, participants and volunteers, USMX and ILA raised $100,000 at this year’s event, bringing our total contributions to Hole in the Wall Gang to more than $2.6 million since 1994. Outing Co-Chairmen David Adam (USMX CEO) and Harold Daggett (ILA President) express their gratitude to everyone who was a part of this event and helped to make it such as success.

Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp charity was developed with one purpose in mind: to provide seriously-ill children in the Northeast, ages 7 to 15, along with their families, a one-of-a-kind summer Camp experience where their illness wasn’t a factor and they could just be kids. Thanks to the support provided by groups like USMX and the ILA, several new programs have grown from Camp’s original one-week summer experience, into programs that take Camp beyond summer to reach even more children. The Camp provides more than 30,000 healing experiences annually – all free of charge. Each year, 2,500 children and family members take part in year-round programs at the Camp in Ashford, and tens of thousands more experience Hole in the Wall fun through the various outreach activities.

The Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) brings the joy and fun of Camp beyond the Camp grounds to children and families in a hospital setting. From arts & crafts to interactive games, HOP activities are inspired by the summer Camp program but are specially adapted to each unique hospital and clinic setting. And just like at Camp, all interactions are child-driven, restoring choice – something children undergoing medical treatment so often lack.

CampOut brings the joy and fun of Camp to campers and their families right in their hometowns. The program helps the magic and connections of Camp continue throughout the year as a team of traveling specialists drive a whimsical van filled with Camp-style activities, crafts and games to locations throughout the Northeast, including camper homes, schools and other community venues.

Adolescent campers who are too old to participate in the summer program, can take part in Hero’s Journey. This seven-day wilderness adventure program teaches self-reliance, positive communication and teamwork through a variety of exciting challenges. Participants experience adventure, empowerment and deep connections, learning to become “the hero of their own story.”

On behalf of Outing Co-Chairman David Adam and Harold Daggett, we thank the maritime industry for its continued generous support of this outing. We are proud to make a small difference in the lives of so many children.