Issue #13– April 21, 2009
Battle of the Bands with Phi Kappa Tau
by: Phil Frandina, President - Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity
Founded in 1988 by our late brother Paul Newman, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps (HITW) provides year-round activities for terminally ill children and their siblings at camps and in their own communities. HITW comprises the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses. Camp sponsored programs provide health care professionals and social workers with support and training. Retreats are organized for the children’s parents at resorts around the country offering respite, counseling, mutual support, and positive activities, all of which are free of charge. For hospitalized children with serious illnesses, the camp’s Hospital Outreach program takes “Camp-in-a-Suitcase” programs to New England hospitals and clinics, where it provides a bedside experience to raise the spirits and help sustain youngsters for the road ahead. Since 1988, HITW have served more than 135,000 children with more than 150 specific medical conditions from all 50 states and 39 countries. As put by Newman, it gives kids “the chance to be kids again.”
In brief, our annual event goes as follows: for three days we stand on the Rochester Institute of Technology’s “quarter-mile” walkway asking students, faculty, and staff for donations. We will also spend this time advertising for the finale, a Battle of the Bands contest to be held Wednesday, April 22, 2009. We will be selling concessions, charging admission, and having raffles. We hope that with the help of sponsors we can continue to turn Tollbooth into a very successful event to help out Hole in the Wall.
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