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The Charles R. Wood Foundation Announces the Retirement of Georgia Beckos-Wood

After more than three decades of service, Georgia “Josie” Beckos-Wood has announced that she will be retiring as chairperson of the Charles R. Wood Foundation. After November 4, Charlene Wood Courtney will assume the duties as chair of the board and Mrs. Beckos-Wood will continue to serve the board as Trustee Emeritus.

The foundation, which bears the name of Mrs. Beckos-Wood’s late husband, was established in 1978 to provide assistance in areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare, and the arts.

Mr. Wood was the founder of Storytown USA (the present-day Great Escape Theme Park), the Double H Hole in the Woods Camp for critically ill children (a project that was also near and dear to the actor, Paul Newman), and numerous other endeavors and businesses in the area. He died in September 2004, leaving the majority of his estate to the Charles R. Wood Foundation. Upon Mr. Wood’s death, his wife, Josie, assumed the duties of chairperson, ensuring that the foundation continued to be a vital philanthropic presence in the communities of Lake George and the Adirondacks. Since 2004, the foundation has granted over $11.5 million to benefit this region.

For more information about The Charles R. Wood Foundation, or for information about grant applications, please visit www.charlesrwoodfoundation.org, call 800.839.1754, ex. 3718, or write to: The Charles R. Wood Foundation, c/o Foundation Source, 55 Walls Drive, Suite 302, Fairfield, CT  06824.

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