The Fresh Air Fund Provides Kids with an Enjoyable Summer Experience
Former co-CEO of Ogilvy North America, Bill Gray has more than 30 years of experience within the advertising and marketing sector. Committed to supporting public service organizations, Bill Gray is a Fresh Air Parent and strong supporter of the Fresh Air Fund.
Founded in 1877, the Fresh Air Fund provides children from low-income communities with the opportunity to enjoy their summer in the country. The program first started during the tuberculosis epidemic among children living in New York City, and served as a way to provide children in need with country air, which was believed to cure respiratory illness. The program grew over the years and has helped more than one million children in need experience the country.
Through the Fresh Air Fund, families and communities located in rural areas and the suburbs can volunteer to host children from the city. Through these host families and communities, Fresh Air Fund children are given a place to stay and the chance to experience summer get-togethers and activities outside of the city. Children that are a part of the Fund live in low-income communities within New York City, and range from ages six to 18. Through the Fresh Air Fund, these children are able to experience a brief vacation from their home, participate in summertime activities, and have a chance to make new friends.