Tom Beaty was one of 76 of golfers who participated in the Storybook Scramble today at Grand National in Opelika Wednesday, a golf tournament benefiting Storybook Farms, a ministry where dreams come true for hundreds of children with special needs through the love of horses.
"I was out there one time and a lady told be that was the first time she has seen her daughter smile, very powerful," says Beaty.
Storybook farm is a non-profit faith based organization that provides equine assisted activities for children experiencing physical, mental, social and emotional challenges.
Storybook has helped thousands of children since opening their doors in 2002 and has not accepted a single penny for their services.
This is why fundraisers like the scramble are vital to help support the costs of the riders and the horses.
"The funds are going to be going toward all the kids who are going to be riding with us this coming spring. We anticipate about 150 kids who will ride with us starting in February and we don't charge anything for our programs, everything is provided is at no cost to the families," explains Storybook Farm Founder, Dena Little.
Wednesday's event raised over $8,000 for Storybook and supporters said they could never pass up the opportunity to play golf why supporting one organization that has touched the lives of many in the area.
"The work they do with children and giving them the fun and taking care of them they way that they do, it helps our community," says Scramble participant Gabe Gross, "Obviously the opportunity to come out here and play golf and have a good time, but also help them is something you can't pass up."