Athletic fund gets boost |

Athletic fund gets boost

Jeff Munson/Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Longtime community supporter Bob Wood, right, donates $1,000 to Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams. The donation is received by Tracy Owen Chapman, representing Weidinger Public Relations, donating public relations services to STAT.

Former South Shore resident Bob Wood recently donated $1,000 to Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams.

As he wrote the check, he remembered back to the days in 1936 when his family purchased a lakefront lot in Marla Bay and then built a log cabin home there which is still owned by the family. Before building the cabin, his parents and brothers had camped for years at Zephyr Cove campgrounds.

The Wood family is originally from Napa Valley.

In 1958, Bob Wood and his wife Patsy, along with their five children moved into the log cabin and learned to ski at Heavenly Valley.

A graduate of UC Davis, Bob was one of four original partners of Heavenly Valley and he built the first tractor mogul cutter on the West Coast and was involved with constructing the first ever aerial tramway in the United States and Canada for skiers and year-round scenic rides. Bob and Patsy have been owners and stockholders of Heavenly Valley during the five changes of ownership since 1955. The aerial tram still operates today and the ski run, Patsys, is named after his late wife. Bob says that he is proud to still be involved with the resort that has opened so many doors to opportunity for others and the community. Wood also served several years on Barton Memorial Hospital’s Board of directors.

Bob and Patsy raised their family at South Lake Tahoe as they attended the schools, played sports and immersed themselves into the community. Wood has been giving back to the community for a very long time.

His donation to STAT is in honor of Tom Raby, who recently passed away and whom Wood described as a wonderful person.

Born in 1922, Wood now resides back in Napa Valley where he owns a winery. At age 82, he owns planes and has been flying for over 60 years. From 1942-1955 he served off air craft carriers as a naval Torpedo Dive Bomber and Wood has been honored with awards in the Navy and the rank of Colonel.

Support STAT has raised over $185,000 to date and is responsible for 100 percent of the middle school and high school sports programs taking place this past fall and winter. With the current focus on spring, sales from the Timberwolf Viking Card (now for sale at remaining home basketball games) will help to deliver spring sports. Continued support from the community is needed. Those wishing to purchase the card should call (775) 691-4000.

Donations are tax deductible via 501(c)3 Trust and are deposited in the STAT account through Goal Club/STAT. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go to keeping our kids in athletics. Checks can be made out and mailed to: Goal Club/STAT, P.O. Box 16903, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151. For more information, please contact Mark Garratt, STAT President, at (775) 691-4000 or

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