Our Story


Our Story

From left to right: Page Adler, Gil Friesen, Mary Brown, Lou Adler, Tony Ressler, Jami Gertz, Paul Newman, and Bruce Willis – May 22, 2004

The Painted Turtle began as a dream in 1999 when Paul Newman and Page Adler, along with a group of other dedicated individuals, co-founded The Painted Turtle to let kids with medical conditions just be kids. Through the ongoing commitment of these individuals, many of whom sit on our board today, the dream of The Painted Turtle became a reality. Located just outside of Los Angeles in Lake Hughes, California, The Painted Turtle has served tens of thousands of children and families since opening in 2004.

SeriousFun Children’s Network — Our Family of Camps

The Painted Turtle is proud to be part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global community of 30 camps and programs designed to empower children to see beyond their medical conditions. Beginning with the first camp founded by Paul Newman in 1988, SeriousFun has now delivered more than one million camp experiences to children and family members from over 50 countries. Each camp is an independent nonprofit organization made possible by generous donations to serve all children at no cost to their families.

To learn more about SeriousFun, please visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.


Paul Newman, One Amazing Man

Paul Newman is an American icon. But beyond that, he was a force for good whose dedication to children continues to be felt today.  While his talents as an actor have been praised worldwide, his profound legacy is rooted in philanthropy. He imparted his spirit of generosity to the business community, as well as in his personal commitment to the betterment of the lives of citizens across the world.