Tom Hanks, George Clooney and others celebrate legacy of Paul Newman at SeriousFun gala

Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, David Letterman, Danny DeVito and other stars turned out for the SeriousFun Gala Monday night to celebrate the legacy of Paul Newman and raise money for the network of camps the late actor and philanthropist founded.

Newman, who died in 2008, would have turned 90 at the end of January.

The star-studded event at the Lincoln Center in New York raised more than $1.5 million for the SeriousFun Children’s Network of 30 camps and programs that began with Newman co-founding Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut in 1988.

It also had Hanks, who starred opposite Newman in the 2002 movie Road to Perdition, reminiscing about his own experiences at camp.

“Oh, the nighttimes,” Hanks told reporters before the gala. “We never broke the rules, but as soon as it got dark, camp became magical, and if it’s fireflies or if it’s the big bonfire that goes on or it’s the walk [with the] flashlights through the trails back to the camp.”


Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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