Charles R. Wood
Charles R. Wood (1914-2004) was the founder of the Double "H" Hole in the Woods Ranch and Chairman of the Charles R. Wood Foundation. As founding father of Storytown USA (now known as Six Flags Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom) in Queensbury, NY, Mr. Wood was known as the "Father of Theme Parks."
In October 2001, Mr. Wood donated $1.4 million the largest charitable gift from an individual in the institution's history toward a $3.85 million fund-raising goal for a new linear accelerator to administer radiation oncology treatments. In recognition of this significant contribution, hospital officials renamed the hospital's community cancer center in his honor.
In 1991, Mr. Wood purchased a 300-acre dude ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY. It is a facility for children with cancer and blood-related diseases. The Ranch welcomes children from 6 to 16 years of age at no cost to them or their families. Today, the Double "H" Hole in the Woods Ranch has gained wide recognition for hosting more than 900 children, mainly with cancer and other blood-related disorders.
Mr. Wood served as President of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. He was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame in 1992. He served on the Board of Directors of the Hyde Museum in Glens Falls, NY; the International Board of the Naples Philharmonic Center of the Arts in Naples, Fla.; Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, NY; and the Board of the Saratoga Performance Arts Center (SPAC). He was also an avid collector of Frederic Remington's sculptures and many other famous works of art.
Mr. Wood once said, "We do what we can for society but it must come from our heart."