Paul Newman wanted his philanthropy to overshadow his film legacy.
Paul Newman is decorated acting career speaks to his influence in Hollywood, but his most impressive results had to do with his charity work, according to his daughter.
Clea Newman spoke lovingly of her late father’s legacy, while celebrating his love, the 30-year anniversary recently.
“There is not a day I go to one of our camps around the world that I don’t feel his presence,” she told Closer Weekly. “It really makes me feel closer to him. It is almost difficult for me, because I miss him so much.”
Newman memorable founded a charity for sick children, the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Originally called The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, it is hosted camp experiences for more than 1 million children and family members about 30 camps worldwide.
If SeriousFun ambassador, 53 years old Clea retains her father’s dedication to sick children, which began after he witnessed children receiving cancer treatment in the years ’80.
“He kept looking at them and saying they miss their childhood,” Clea said.
In the development of the camps, his intention was to have the children a place where they, “raise a little hell and behave badly and do everything together,” as he said it.
The Network receives funding from his Newman’s Own food company, which donates all profits to charity.
In considering his life before his death at 83 in 2008, Newman, said that his commitment to charity is more satisfying than a number of blockbusters he recommended.
“I hope that the camps last longer than the legacy of my films,” he said.
His dedication to veterans through his Newman’s Own Foundation for the intentional display of a number of of his salary for equal pay, Newman was a candid and philanthropist.
Clea remembered her father telling her, “If you want to make a difference, you can do what is necessary.”
As the main proponent of cooperation for Newman’s organization, she is happy in giving it to her.
“I am very proud to be a part of his legacy. It is a special gift and an honor,” she said.