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The Sammy Fund

Spreading Sammy’s Smiles

(What have we done so far?)

    Since the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund was established in September of 2000, over
$573,000 raised through annual fundraisers, gifts and memorials. From that amount, in excess of $237,000 has been distributed by the Community Foundation to the following eligible area agencies, over $25,000 has been given directly from the Sammy Fund to support worthwhile youth activities, and over $400,000 is being held at the Community Foundation to build a permanent endowment. A portion of the proceeds from this year's event will go to the Community Foundation, and the remainder will be used by the Sammy Fund group for support of other youth-oriented needs

Grants from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund

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GPS Ministries – to assist with children’s snack and food pantry program

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Junior Achievement-to support expansion of the Junior Achievement program in Quincy schools

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Payson Elementary School-to purchase art supplies for a volunteer-based art education program for kindergarten
                                                through sixth graders

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Quincy Christian School Teen REACHto provide a learning and enrichment field trip for Teen REACH youth

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Quincy Public Library-to support early literacy by purchasing resources to be used for Story Times at the Quincy Public
                                     Library

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 Quincy University Waterworks-to purchase equipment for special needs children to use in water therapy

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Girl Scouts - to fund troops at Washington School, Harrison Hills and Walter Hammond Daycare

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Quincy Community Student Theater -  for children's theater classes, productions, class tuition and outreach
                                                                programming in Adams County Schools.

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Quincy Art Center -  to underwrite funding for art education at low-income schools and to provide educational programs
 for underserved youth who show promise in the visual arts and to fund an art mentoring program at Washington school.

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Camp Callahan -  to provide support so handicapped children can experience a week's camping at Camp Callahan.

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Jackson-Lincoln Pool - for pool operations and swimming fees for children who would not otherwise have the ability to pay admissions fees and for 10 free Family Swim Nights from June to August 2008.

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The Salvation Army- to purchase string instruments, music and supplies for children's music program.

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Douglass Community Service Kids In Motion- Scholarship support for children to attend summer youth program.

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Walter Hammond Daycare -  for equipment and daycare fieldtrips.

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Quincy Society of Fine Arts -  to help fund Arts = Education Programs at Irving School.

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Great River First Tee -  to provide operational support enabling First Tee classes to be offered to more children
and provide program fees for income-eligible children and to provide Life skills training for kids at Walter
Hammond Day Care and Cheerful Home Child Care & Learning Center.

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Midsummer Arts Faire- to assist in developing children's art area.

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Community Foundation for the Quincy Area -  for the unrestricted endowment fund, which helps support the Community Foundation's programs and grants for eligible area non-profit groups.

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Quincy Family YMCA -  for Head Start swim lessons.

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Paw Pals, Inc. -  to fund educational programs at Washington, Dewey and Berrian Schools on basic animal care
and dog bite prevention.

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American Red Cross -to fund babysitter training programs for 50 youth.

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Big Brother / Big Sister -  to support program services for one-to-one relationships between adult volunteers and children.

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TeenREACH/Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials- to fund awards banquet and support program.

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Faith in Action -  to support youth volunteer training

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Mississippi Council of Boy Scouts -  to support programs for low-income scouts

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John Wood Community College - to enable low-income kids to attend College for Kids

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Quincy Humane Society -  for pet care educational programs for low income scouts

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Redmon and Lee Association - for children's work stations, literacy and math skills materials

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Transitions of Western Illinois- to purchase therapeutic electronic hardware and software for children with severe developmental disabilities.

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Cornerstone: Foundations for Families - for therapeutic materials for counseling low-income families

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University of Illinois Extension Foundation Adams/Brown Unit- to support a Northwest Quincy youth community development project

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Fall Creek 4-H Club- through U of I Extension Foundation- to fund the creation of a general store inside the historic Lewis round barn at the Adams County fairgrounds.

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Friends of the Trails -  to assist in launching citywide bicycle lending program for children & families who do
not have access to a bicycle

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Quincy Area Youth Chorus- for tuition waivers and to purchase music

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Muddy River Opera Company- to support children's opera

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United Way of Adams County- Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs for urgent medical and related
needs of families in crisis.

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Panther Pride Foundation for Central Schools- to help implement the "Seven Habits of Highly Effective
People" program in all Adams County school.

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YWCA of Quincy-for three sessions of Catch Me if You Can Running and Leadership Academy for girls in TeenReach and Supportive Housing program, and to support the Quincy High School PSAE/ACT Test Prep Project by buying calculators, food, and incentives for study skills preparation program.

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Quincy Herald-Whig Good News of Christmas-to fulfill a wish list for a family of four.

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Sheridan Swim Team-to fund swim lessons for income-eligible children.

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Quanada- to support a prevention education program dealing with personal safety and dating violence in conjunction with Quincy Community Theatre.

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Hungry for Music - to connect low-income music students with instruments; to repair donated instruments and to buy additional instruments

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Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association - tuition waivers for low-income young singers and instrumentalists to participate in the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra or Quincy Youth Orchestra


    Our goal is to create a permanent endowment that will help insure funding to agencies providing worthwhile opportunities to area children. Grants from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund particularly target programs that might not be possible without this funding.

 

Sam's self portrait 1-26-2000
Sammy's self portrait
1-26-2000

Grants from the Sammy Fund
The Sammy Fund also directly supports the involvement of disadvantaged kids in a variety of worthwhile pursuits.
over $20,000 in grants have been awarded directly to these programs from the Sammy Fund group:

BlackStar tutoring program
National Youth Sports Program
People to People Leadership Training
LeadAmerica Conference
YoungLife camp fees
Unmet Needs Committee of Quincy IL
(Emergency dental work, equipment for autistic child, family support in medical crisis)
Township Assistance
(emergency transportation funds for medical treatment of 9-year-old battling a brain tumor)
Back to School shopping for junior high student with no other funding sources
Run for the Cross- school supplies for indigent children
Quincy University's "Water Works"- therapeutic swin program for handicapped kids
"Seven Habits for Teen Leadership"- Anti-bullying program at QJHS
"Girls on the Move" program at Veterans Elementary School, Hannibal
YMCA Swim Team

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The Sammy Fund, P.O. Box 3622, Quincy, IL 62305   Voice Mail ( 217)-242-1527

 

(All donations to the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund are subject to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the  Community Foundation, all of which provisions are hereby incorporated by reference).