The Boxer Bowtie Club celebrated its 3rd Bowtie Benefit on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Hudson Mercantile. The annual Gala is the highlight of the year, bringing together supporters and friends of the foundation for a memorable evening that featured heavy hor d'oeuvres, open bar, and live music. Throughout the evening, guests were able to bid on the silent auction which was stocked full of incredible finds to help benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a New Haven summer camp for seriously ill children and their families. Each child spends a week at the camp; the usual cost of attending is $2,500. All proceeds from donations, sponsorships, and ticket sales will go toward the group’s goal of sending kids to camp free of charge. The Gala raised a grand total of $90,000 dollars which will give many kids the chance to experience camp.
The evening began at 7:30 with a cocktail reception, which was followed by guest speakers and live auction at 9:00. The evening's high point was the passionate speech given by Zak Stengel, a camper from The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp with severe hemophilia. Zak, who hopes to one day be a counselor at the camp, told of impact the camp has had on his life. “I am here today because of what you guys, thank you so much for everything,” he said. “At camp every kid gets to have fun and we get to be ‘normal’ and that’s what we all just want.” Zak’s mother also joined in to share her gratitude to camp, declaring: “You people give us happiness, and this event gives us hope as parents.”
After the speeches, a full live band came out and everyone got on the dance floor and celebrated the night away. There are so many kids and their families who deserves to experience what Zak and his family have received. With the help of the Boxer Bowtie Club and its supporters, many more kids can have this life changing experience and feel “normal”. Learn how you can get involved with one of our volunteer opportunities or donate at boxerbowtieclub.org/grow
ABOUT HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP:
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides seriously ill children and their families a real summer camp experience, believing that every kid no matter their diagnosis deserves a chance to let loose and raise a little hell! To ensure that every child with a serious medical condition has the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. Through the generosity of others, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp community provides this unique healing experience to kids in need and their families, including those who may not be able to come to Camp.
ABOUT BOXER BOWTIE CLUB:
The Boxer Bowtie Club is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded and operated by a group of young professionals from around the country. Their objective is to volunteer and raise money for worthy causes within their communities and inspire other young professionals to give back to those in need. They are proud to commit 100% of their net proceeds to the charities they support. They take a passionate and fully engaged approach to three core principles which serve as the driving force behind our organization. Their core objectives are: Gather: we gather people together; Give: we give to those in need; Grow: together we further expand our reach and strengthen our communities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT BOXER BOWTIE CLUB: https://www.boxerbowtieclub.org/
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Photos Credit: Daniel Federowicz