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Sammy Fund give $18,000 to local groups

1 year, 3 months ago by Bob Gough

The Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund has awarded $215,000 since it was established in late 2000

 

This morning at Washington Elementary School friends and family of Samantha Otte along with the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area honored her memory by presenting grants to benefit organizations serving youth in artistic, leadership, and humanitarian efforts. Students at Washington School presented the grants to 14 nonprofit organizations. With the grants presented today the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund at the Community Foundation has awarded $215,000 since it was established in late 2000.

Sam died in March 2000 at age 10 after a liver transplant necessitated by cystic fibrosis. This year’s 14 grants from the Fund will touch the lives of hundreds of area children.

The primary purpose of the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund includes, but is not limited to, support of organizations which maintain and enhance community betterment and artistic, leadership and humanitarian opportunities for young people. Today $18,000 was distributed.

The Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund is supported by monies raised during the annual Sammy Fund weekend. The event is organized by the Sammy Fund, a group of volunteers that raise money to support youth activities in Sammy's memory.

“The Sammy Event and its continued success would not be possible without the generous donations of time and resources from a core group of dedicated volunteers and many local businesses,” said Chuck Otte, Sam’s dad. “Hundreds more people support the Sammy Event by participating in the run/walk, golf tournament, gift sale and other activities held in October each year.”

The majority of the proceeds from the annual event, memorial gifts and other donations are added to the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund at the Community Foundation enabling it to grow and to make annual grant distributions. The Sammy Fund also retains a portion to support other programs for income eligible or at-risk youth.

The major sponsors of the 2012 Sammy Fund weekend were County Market, Refreshment Services Pepsi, Quincy Herald-Whig and WGEM.

Grants are being awarded to the following organizations:

Organization

Grant Purpose

Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois

To support one-on-one mentoring relationships for at-risk children in Adams County

Cornerstone: Foundations for Families

Support for the school-based Comprehensive Youth Services program that provides counseling and casework services to youth who have social, emotional and behavioral problems

Douglass Community Services Kids in Motion

To support additional students to participate in the Kids in Motion summer pre-employment and service learning training program

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

To expand program opportunities for girls, including membership assistance, aMAZE program, establishing a troop at Washington School and campership assistance for a week-long summer camp opportunity

Good News of Christmas

To assist Good News of Christmas in providing gifts to needy families at Christmas

Hungry for Music

To connect low-income music students with instruments, to repair donated instruments, and to purchase additional instruments

Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex, Inc.

To help fund a scholarship program for children and families who cannot afford pool fees

John Wood Community College Foundation

To fund tuition waivers for income-eligible children to attend the John Wood Community College Children’s College

Midsummer Arts Faire

Support for special art class at the Midsummer Arts Faire for child care and day camp organizations

Quincy Art Center

Funding for the smArt Kids Art Mentoring Program, which provides art instruction for students at Adams County schools

Quincy Community Theatre

To support ‘On the Road’ theatre bus tour for students at Berrian, Washington, and Dewey Schools

Quincy Family YMCA

To support the cost of swim lessons for Head Start students

Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association

Tuition waivers for low-income young singers and instrumentalists to participate in the Quincy Area Youth Chorus or Quincy Area Youth Orchestra

YWCA of Quincy

"A Girl Like Me," an after school program for at-risk, disadvantaged girls transitioning from elementary schools to Baldwin School


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