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Hosted by Robert Redford and Julia Roberts, the event featured performances from Jerry Seinfeld, James Taylor, Harry Connick Jr., Yo Yo Ma, Art Garfunkel and Joshua Bell. Attendees also included Bill Clinton and Kristin Chenoweth.
“We’ve done a lot of these galas,” said Julia Roberts. "And I’ve never stood up without my buddy Paul Newman. It seems so much easier to sing and dance and make a fool of yourself when he’s right next to you. He encourages fun, more than any person I’ve ever met. "
Many of the stars present at the event talked about their memories of Newman, who passed away on September 26, 2008, from complications resulting from lung cancer. Clinton remembered meeting Newman when he was still a law student, and then visiting the first Hole in the Wall Camp in Connecticut when he became Govenor of Arkansas: “I have watched [the camps] expand to Florida, Ireland – which really touched my heart – France, and soon the Middle East.”
Newman’s Hole in the Wall Camps are the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses and life threatening conditions. More than 100,000 seriously ill children from 34 states and 31 countries have attended the Camps free of charge.
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