July 25, 2014
For the second consecutive year, Bancroft Architects + Engineers is an event sponsor for the Moving Mountains adaptive program charity at the Pine Mountain Resort’s Timberstone Golf Course.
The July 31 event raises funds to bring adaptive skiing programs to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, home of the Iron Mountain Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “Not only do we buy the actual equipment to help Veterans and others with disabilities get down the slopes, we also use the money raised to pay for specialized staff training. That way, we can have qualified instructors available whenever a Veteran with disabilities wants to come out and get on the slopes,” said the event coordinator, Sally Webster.
The program enables Veterans who have suffered debilitating injuries to use skiing at the Pine Mountain Resort both as a therapeutic and recreational tool. “For our disabled Veterans, it gives them the opportunity to get this part of their lives back,” said Webster. “For others, who might never have skied before–either because they were born with disabilities or just had never tried it before being injured– it’s simply another way to empower their freedom and personal independence.”
William Hartzell, one of the partners in Bancroft Architects + Engineers and the firm’s President for Project Management calls the Moving Mountains charity involvement essential to the company’s culture. “We were founded by a disabled Veteran—my partner, Paul Jenkins. The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of our primary clients. We do work in the Upper Peninsula and use Pine Mountain as our Project Office when we’re working here. This wonderful event and important cause are part of who we are as a company,” said Hartzell.
Bancroft Architects + Engineers is a CVE-certified service disabled Veteran owned small business headquartered in Chicago, with six regional offices around the country. The firm has more than 30 full-time architects, engineers, interior designers and supporting staff that specialize in planning, designing, and managing the construction of highly-complex and technical scientific and medical spaces. Established as a disabled-Veteran owned small business in 2009, Bancroft has won international awards for its designs and in 2013 was named one of the Top 100 Small Businesses in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
More information on the Moving Mountains adaptive program is available at www.MovingMountainsap.org.