Canajoharie teacher, marathoner seeks
community support to benefit seriously ill children
A Canajoharie teacher ran the New York City
Marathon Nov. 6 to benefit a Northeast charity that aids seriously
ill children and their families.
Canajoharie High School English teacher Mrs.
Richele Simmons-Mollica finished the 46th Annual New York City
Marathon to benefit the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization
founded by actor Paul Newman to provide “a different kind of
healing” to sick
children throughout the Northeast. As she prepares for the race,
Simmons-Mollica is looking to raise $3,000 for the charity, which
provides camp experience with medical care free of charge at various
facilities including the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne.
To raise the money, Simmons-Mollica is holding a
raffle for one of three baskets – a honey basket, a maple syrup
basket and a Newman’s Own-themed basket. Tickets are $1 and can be
obtained by emailing Richele.Simmons@canjo.org or calling or texting
her at (518) 705-7774. Community members can also purchase honey
from Simmons-Mollica – $11 for a pound and a half jar – and all the
proceeds will be donated to the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Direct
donations to the charity can also be mailed to Hole in the Wall Gang
Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT, 06511 with c/o Richele
Mollica written in the memo line.
Each year, the NYC Marathon makes slots available
to charity runners who raise money for hundreds of worthy causes. Of
the 50,000 people who ran the marathon last year, 8,700 were charity
runners who raised nearly $40 million for not-for-profit
Founded in 1988 The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
helps more than 25,000 seriously ill children and family members
annually – all completely free of charge. Multiple camp experiences
are provided in facilities in Ashford, Conn., in 40 hospitals and
clinics, directly in camper homes and communities, and through other
outreach activities across the Northeast.
“It’s a pretty amazing organization,”
Simmons-Mollica said. “Any small donation will make a difference and
the cool thing is that all donations are being matched, doubling the
money going to the kids.”
Simmons-Mollica has been teaching English in
Canajoharie schools for the last 15 years. The New York City race
will be her fourth marathon.