Sammy Fund Awards $15,015
Twelve area agencies are better off financially with today’s disbursements from the 2007 Sammy Fund event in Quincy.
The Sammy Fund is organized by friends and family of Samantha Otte, who was 10 when she died nearly seven years ago after a liver transplant necessitated by cystic fibrosis. Twelve grants totaling $15,015 from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund will help further her legacy.
Samantha’s parents, Chuck and June Otte, said they are humbled by the event’s success. Chuck Otte said it was due to the “innate goodness of the people and the community.”
This marks the seventh year for the grant awards. The Girls Scouts of Two Rivers Council hosted a program and checks were distributed this morning.
As of today, 73 grants totaling $96,785 have been distributed from the fund since it was established with the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area is late 2000. The fund supports youth-oriented organizations.
Saturday would have been Samantha Otte’s 17th birthday.
“Samantha would be very happy and proud children are being helped in her name,” Chuck Otte said.
“The Ottes said the local organizing committee for the Sammy Fund event deserves much of the credit. The 20-person committee oversees more than 100 volunteers.