Newman helps with kids’ camp

CARNATION – Actor Paul Newman, who says his film achievements can’t compare with the work his Hole in the Wall Gang camps are doing for seriously ill children, on Thursday visited a historic Snoqualmie Valley farm that will be the site of another such camp.

“If I’m going to leave a legacy it’s not going to be my films or anything I did politically – it’s going to be these camps,” said the Oscar-winning actor who has appeared in dozens of movies.

Newman was on hand as Seattle businessmen Tim Rose and Jim Hebert announced that their nonprofit organization Camp Korey is buying the 818-acre Carnation Farm from Nestle to host a camp for sick children.

Camp Korey became a Hole in the Wall Camp in May, which means it receives logistical support from the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and a nominal amount of money.

Hole in the Wall camps have welcomed 100,000 seriously ill children since Newman started the original camp in 1988 in Connecticut with profits from his Newman’s Own food products. This year 16,000 campers are expected to attend the 10 active camps located all around the world.

Camp Korey is named for Rose’s son Korey, who died at 18 of bone cancer. Expected to open next summer, the camp will offer free weeklong sessions for children 6 to 16 years old during the summer as well as programming throughout the year for families and caregivers of sick children.

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