THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG CAMP GAZETTE, Spring 2008
The ILA and the Maher Family: Deeply dedicated Friends to Camp
The International Longshoremen’s Association and its employers have joined forces for the past 14 years hosting the annual ILA Children’s Fund charity golf tournament benefiting The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. A check FOR $125,000 representing proceeds of the 2007 tournament was presented to former camper and cancer survivor Stefanie Vuotto, 23, now a graduate student at Columbia University in Child Psychology. The 2007 donation brought the total ILA contribution since 1994 to over $2.2 million to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
The check presentation was followed up by a surprise announcement by M. Brian Maher, Chairman and CEO and Basil Maher, President and Chief Operating Officer, of Maher Terminals. Brian Maher told the 300 plus guests that, in view of the recent sale of his family-held company, he and his brother Basil wanted to demonstrate their appreciation to those members of the ILA, employed by Maher Terminals, who helped make it one of the world’s largest independent multi-user container -terminals. In addition, they wanted to pay tribute to John Bowers in recognition for his 20-year leadership as ILA President and applaud him for his exemplary role in leading the fundraising efforts for the past 14 years on behalf of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Lastly, they wanted to recognize the heroic commitment and dedication of the staff of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to the core mission of the program. To achieve those ends, the brothers announced a $1,000,000 donation to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
In recognition of the gift, the Camp will dedicate the East Wing of the Lodge and Family Center as the “Maher Family Wing.”
The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, representing upwards of 65,000 longshoremen on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, major U.S. rivers, Puerto Rico and Eastern Canada.
International Longshoremen’s Association’s Children’s Fund Donates $125,000 to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp at 2007 Annual Golf Outing, the Maher Family Announces $1 Million Pledge to Camp for Children Coping With Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses. (click for more)