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      Moving Mountains Program holds fourth annual golf scramble

      The weather and the company couldn't be better for the golf scramble at Timberstone Golf Course in Iron Mountain on Thursday afternoon to raise funds for the Moving Mountains Adaptive Program.

      The program is a non-profit that makes it possible for people with disabilities to go skiing with the help of trained volunteers.

      â??Our goal of the organization is to get people as independent as possible,â?? said program volunteer, Bud DeLano.

      Specialized equipment allows youth and adults to alpine ski in many different conditions. Thursdayâ??s event was the organization's fourth annual scramble where all the proceeds went directly into the Moving Mountains Adaptive Program.

      â??This is our fourth season and we've grown from about eight teams the first year, to this year we maxed out at 34,â?? said program volunteer, Denise DeLano.

      Some holes on the course had competitions for the longest drive and longest putt; one hole featured a $10,000 cash prize for a hole-in-one.

      Coordinators say this is their largest fundraiser, and it's much needed since costs for the program's equipment, training, and insurance add up.

      â??One piece of equipment for us, the piece of equipment we bought last year, was $7,500,â?? Denise DeLano said.

      One look at Thursdayâ??s fundraiser, and it was clear to see this community fully backs the program that coordinators say impacts them just as much as the people they help.

      â??Theyâ??re a part of a group that skis together and we build some tremendous relationships,â?? said Bud DeLano. â??A lot of time on the hill, a lot of trust goes back and forth, sitting on the chair ride and talking to each other.â??

      With a generous community and dedicated volunteers, there's no doubt the program will continue to move mountains this coming season.