Six Flags Friends is a series of programs throughout the Six Flags family of parks that make a difference in communities by encouraging local involvement, supporting the mission of various non-profit organizations and bringing the thrill of Six Flags to children and families across North America.
Six Flags Friends is a proud supporter of hundreds of organizations throughout our Six Flags communities. Through our national partnerships, we successfully utilize our geographic span to make a difference as a unified family of parks. Through our donation program we are able to contribute to many local organizations. The Great Escape is also pleased to support the work of organizations that make an impact in our surrounding neighborhoods. It is the work of the organizations below that truly make our cities a better place to live, work and enjoy.
Six Flags Friends is dedicated to furthering the mission of the following organizations.
Double H Ranch for children and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses
The Double H Ranch, founded by Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. These children are precluded from attending other camps, but can attend the Double H because of the high quality medical care they receive while in attendance. The Ranch also offers family based support weekends in the spring and fall for families facing critical illnesses and the loss of loved ones. All programs are completely FREE OF CHARGE. Six Flags Friends is privileged to open our hearts and the gates of The Great Escape to the children of the Double H Ranch each week during our operating season. In addition, Six Flags Friends is proud to host the Double H Ranch Gala at The Great Escape each summer. For more information on the Gala, please call Robin DeMattos at the Double H Ranch Development Office at 518-696-5921 ex.228.
Coasters for a Cause
"Coasters for a Cause" is a fundraising program which allows non-profit organizations an opportunity to sell Six Flags admission tickets to the public for a substantially reduced price. Each charity retains $5 from each ticket sold for their fundraising efforts. The Cub Scouts, Head Start, Cystic Fibrosis, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other local service organizations and youth groups are just a few of the hundreds of non-profit organizations who have participated and have raised funding through the "Coasters for a Cause" program.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary health agency that is dedicated to conquering neuromuscular diseases that affect more than a million Americans each year. Six Flags Friends is proud to assist those in our community that are afflicted with neuromuscular diseases by donating a portion of ticket proceeds sold between July and Labor Day to the MDA. To make a contribution to the MDA visit your local Price Chopper and purchase a Great Escape ticket during the months of July through Labor Day.
St. Jude's Children Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the world's premier centers for research and treatment of catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers. Six Flags Friends and The Great Escape donate a portion of ticket proceeds during the months of September and October to help St. Jude Children's Hospitals in the fight to overcome pediatric diseases. To make a contribution to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital visit your local Price Chopper and purchase a Great Escape during the months of September and October.
Fresh Air Fund: State Police Summer Program
Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided free summer vacations in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. In conjunction with the State Police Summer Program, Six Flags Friends is happy to take a breath of fresh air with the children of the Fresh Air Fund vacationing in upstate New York.
State Police Summer Program (SPSP)
The State Police Summer Program offers underprivileged children an opportunity to participate in a one week camp program held throughout the month of July at The Great Escape. The camp program combines fun activities and educational experiences for children from throughout the State of New York. In the 30 years that the program has been held at The Great Escape, over 10,000 children have participated!
The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Six Flags Friends is committed to helping fight the battle against cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society with ticket donations and various special events held at The Great Escape.
American Red Cross Blood Drive
Six Flags Friends is privileged to partner with the Adirondack Saratoga Chapter of the American Red Cross by hosting an annual blood drive each October at The Great Escape. Donors that participate in this unique "blood letting" receive a FREE ticket to Fright Fest.
Military Appreciation Day
Six Flags Friends is proud to honor active members of the military by inviting them to visit The Great Escape with complimentary admission. Additionally, Guests of The Great Escape are asked to show their overwhelming support for US troops by signing an oversized banner which is then sent to troops serving overseas.
Unclaimed Lost and Found Donations
The Great Escape's lost & found department donates hundreds of unclaimed items each season to various community groups in need. For example, unclaimed eyeglasses, sunglasses and eyeglass cases are donated to the Lions Club, which distributes the items to underprivileged communities in developing countries. Six Flags Friends also donates a variety of unclaimed items to many other local organizations.
Inheritance of Hope
Inheritance of Hope serves young families living with a parent who has a life-threatening illness through all-expense-paid Family Retreats. These events allow families to create precious memories together and to develop a community of support with others from around the country who share similar challenges. The Great Escape Properties are proud to sponsor Inheritance of Hope Family Retreats at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park and The Great Escape Theme Park, helping them achieve their vision that “Every Family Deserves a Legacy.”