• June 2014

Clea Newman: On the Joy of Having Serious Fun

We are here today with Clea Newman in Westport, CT. She is the senior director of External Affairs with the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Newman also serves as a spokesperson for the organization, helping to elevate awareness of the brand and advance the legacy of her father and SeriousFun founder Paul Newman.

“Before my dad died, he asked me to carry on his legacy with this organization,” says Newman of the growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and partnership programs that have come together with a common purpose—to serve children with serious illnesses around the world, free of charge.

With 30 initiatives worldwide, including 14 full-member camps, 13 Global Partnership Programs, and three new camps in development, the network serves more than 440,000 children and families from more than 50 countries.

Newman is also building a Legacy Giving Program and an International Board of Governors, which is chaired by her mother, Joanne Woodward.

In this podcast interview, the woman with the same penetrating blue eyes as her father Paul, and the engaging good looks of her famous actress motrher Joanne Woodward, shares:

  • Why she joined SeriousFun in January 2013 to work as part of the Advancement team to raise money to support SeriousFun camps and programs around the world.
  • About the Legacy Giving Program she’s helping with, chaired by Joanne Woodward.
  • SeriousFun’s fundraiser on April 2, which honored Tim Rose for his leadership within the SeriousFun Children’s Network and his work with Costco to support the entire camp family, and which included a musical performance by celebs Tony Bennett and Sara Bareilles.
  • Insights into her dad’s legacy, and why he decided to start the program back in 1988.
  • Clea Newman’s hopes and dreams for the future of the Network.

Download the podcast now!

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