Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 3:28 PM CST by WGEM STAFF
QUINCY (WGEM) – Twenty-three local nonprofit organizations were presented with grants in Samantha Otte’s memory on Tuesday in a presentation at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri reported they will benefit hundreds of area youth for artistic, leadership and humanitarian efforts.
The grants, totaling nearly $40,000, were distributed from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri at the Oakley-Lindsay Center in the presence of her family and friends. Since the fund was established in late 2000, more than $523,000 has been distributed through grants to support kids in Samantha’s memory.
“It is incredibly exciting and heart-warming to celebrate this significant milestone,” said June Otte, Samantha’s mother. “No one could possibly have envisioned that one day we would be celebrating more than a half million dollars of grants awarded to nonprofits enriching the lives of tens of thousands of area children.”
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