2020 marks a special year for The Woodloch Family and many of our guests alike. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of our “Chuck Russell Award”- a prestigious honor given to one guest every week of the summer that exemplifies the true spirit of the Woodloch games. It is our sincere hope that you are honored to count yourself amongst the rank of such extraordinary people!
Hopefully, you know a little bit about Chuck’s story. Chuck Russell visited our resort every year on his family vacation from long distances- much like many of you fine folks continue to do to this day. And, in short, Chuck was a special kind of man. “He was EVERYWHERE,” says Joey Ranner, Activities Director. “Chuck quickly developed a reputation for being ‘that guy’- you know, the one that everybody seemed to flock to because he was the life of the party. He whistled, he cheered and had a great time no matter what.” Though he loved to win (who DOESN’T?), regardless of the outcome Chuck was quick to shake hands in the true spirit of Woodloch sportsmanship. Chuck made a lot of new friends and created countless memories with every vacation he took.
Sadly, Chuck lost a very rough battle with cancer in 1995. The entire Woodloch Family was devastated by the loss of Chuck. “He was just a great guy,” says Joey Ranner. “We realized fairly quickly that we wanted to find a way to not only remember Chuck but also the wonderful spirit of the Woodloch games that he embodied.” Thus, we established “The Chuck Russell Award.” During each of our 9 weeks of summer, we would select one individual who seemed to carry the torch that Chuck ignited and recognize them at our weekly “Awards Ceremony” in the Nightclub. “It was a bittersweet kind of thing,” says Ranner. “We all truly missed Chuck, but it was rather warming to see so many of our guests keep that fire alive.”
With that in mind, it is our honor to cordially invite you back to our resort May 1st – 3rd, 2020 in a celebration of both Chuck’s life and the continual spirit of the Woodloch games. It is our way of saying “thank you” for understanding and sharing “what Woodloch is all about” with new and returning guests alike. The revelry will include some of your favorite Woodloch games, stories, toasts and celebrations with fellow Chuck Russell winners. With just about 230 of you esteemed individuals, each and every anniversary has been better than the last. We hope you will join us!
To be a part of this special “Silver Anniversary”, please call Chris Bower at 570.685.8032. The weekend wouldn’t be the same without you- we hope to celebrate it with you!