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Flying Horse Farms “Campfire 2015”

Clea Newman Soderlund, daughter of the legendary Joanne Woodward and the late Paul Newman, was joined by Mr. Newman’s older brother Arthur and his wife Patty to celebrate the biennial benefit for Flying Horse Farms, the camp for seriously ill children in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. It is one of the 30 worldwide camps of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman in 1988.

Drs. Pat Agatisa and Jerry Boyle, Char and Chuck Fowler and Julie and Rob Namy were chairmen of the event attended by more than 300 guests at Severance Hall. A cocktail reception preceded the program, emceed by Sara Shookman of WKYC, that featured a musical performance by eight campers, Near West Theatre members, the Columbus-based Harmony Project, and the Central Ohio Symphony. Clea also unveiled the Paul Newman Commemorative Forever Stamp, officially revealed the following day at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony. Clea presented the inaugural Newman Award to Jenni and David Belford, Flying Horse Farms founders, who donated 200 acres to build the camp that since its opening in 2010 has served over 3,300 children and their families.

Flying Horse Farms President and CEO Mimi Dane, Mr. Fowler, Dr. Boyle and Mrs. Namy led a pledge drive for camperships that with an anonymous $50,000 match raised nearly $378,000. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATHRYN RIDDLE

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