The second annual Muddy Puddles “Mess Fest” was held today, at Kiwi Country Day Camp in Mahopac, NY from 11:00am to 4:00pm. More than 1,500 people from the tri-state area attended, and more than $75,000 was raised via the Muddy Puddles Project; a fundraising platform for the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation in support of pediatric cancer research.

The “Mess Fest” is a celebration of children and childhood with a wide variety of outdoor games and activities. The second annual event honors Ty Campbell, a young boy from Pawling, NY who lost his battle with brain cancer in October 2012. Ty dreamed of the day he would be well enough to jump in muddy puddles. In memory of Ty and in honor of all children battling cancer, families from all over the tri-state area (and beyond) were encouraged to attend for the opportunity to embrace that simple wish and the meaning behind it.

The “Mess Fest” is an outdoor event featuring food, music, games, rides, and, of course, mud! Hundreds of families joined TLC for mud jumping, food fights, pie tosses, treasure hunts, water balloon tosses, zip lines, climbing walls, splash paint and dozens of other kid-centered activities for all ages. After the event, the muddy kids were rinsed off with a hose straight from a fire truck!

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, nor could the event turnout. Well over 1,500 people flooded Kiwi Country Day Camp for a day of mud jumping, pie tosses, finger painting and more. Last year, the inaugural Mess Fest raised $70,000 for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation in support of childhood cancer research, and the foundation was proud to surpass that amount in 2014.

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About The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation

Founded in September 2012, The Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that funds innovative research and technology specifically geared toward the treatment of the deadliest childhood cancers. The organization seeks less toxic, more effective treatments that are specifically designed for children fighting cancer. Their ultimate mission is to help fund the intelligence and technology that will uncover new ways to more effectively treat children with cancer. For more information about the foundation, visit