So long, Luke

27 09 2008

I hate waking up to find out one of my heroes is dead. Paul Newman succumbed last night to his lengthy battle with cancer.

Kudos, Paul. Your spark made our lives brighter for a good long while.

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27 09 2008
Bob Pairan

My condolences to Joanne and the rest of the Newman family.

Paul Newman, a fellow Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity brother of mine was now entered Chapter Eternal. One of Paul’s greatest achievements was founding The Hole in the Wall Camps (HITWC http://www.holeinthewallcamps.org) in 1988. Paul realized that luck can sometimes play a dirty hand to those least deserving… and there are many who can make a major difference to those facing great challenges. The Hole in the Wall Camps were developed to provide children, ages 7 to 17, who battle serious and life threatening illnesses with the opportunity to have a normal summer camp experience. Thousands of children come to camp every year, free of charge, for one week.

They forget about their illnesses and simply get a chance to be a kid. In the words of Brother Newman: “Camp is a place where kids can kick back and raise a little hell.” The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity adopted The Hole in the Wall Camps as their national charity in 1995. The HITWC philanthropy helps exemplify Phi Kappa Tau’s motto “Building Men Of Character.” Since 1995 several hundred thousand dollars have been donated to the camps and hundreds of men have volunteered as cabin counselors, activity specialists, unit leaders, and other camp staff.

Although we didn’t go to the same University or at the same time I was very proud of Paul. As an alumni brother of the University of Akron Ohio Phi Kappa Tau http://www.akronphitau.com this year we held our 4th Annual Hole In The Wall Charity Classic Golf Outing and it was a great success. With all funds raised go to the newest provisional HITWC The Flying Horse Farms http://www.flyinghorsefarms.org which will open in the summer of 2010 near Mount Gilead, Ohio. Donations are needed to complete the camp in Ohio, plus to maintain and run all Hole In The Wall Camps. Please donate generously!

Another great organization that Paul founded was Newman’s Own http://www.newmansown.com “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.” Newman’s Own has grown into a powerful and lasting expression of Paul Newman’s generosity. The Company has generated over $250 million in proceeds that have been donated by Paul Newman and the Newman’s Own Foundation to thousands of charities worldwide.
Cheers Brother Paul we sing our Phi Tau brotherhood song for you!
“We are brothers now and ever
Until the day we die
And when that time comes rollin’ ‘round
And we bid our last good-bye
There is one thing sure and certain
Let us bow our heads in awe
We’ll meet again in heaven sure
In the name of Phi Kappa Tau”

Hear it and download the sheet music at http://www.akronphitau.com/songbook.html

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