November 23, 2005
Sammy Fund event raises $36,100
Organizers say the sixth annual Sammy Fund event last month netted $36,100, the highest total yet raised.
The events included the first fall color run and walk through East End Historic District in Quincy, a motorcycle observation run, golf tournament at Westview golf course with 40 teams, and a silent auction, raffle and dinner at the Knights of Columbus.
Started in memory of Samantha Otte, who passed away in March 2000 from complications following a liver transplant necessitated by cystic fibrosis, the Sammy Fund group has raised more than $214,000 through annual fall events and donations.
Honorary chairmen this year were Donna and Bryan Smith, owners of TNT Action Sports.
Funds raised go to support the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund at the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area, from which grants will be distributed in January. The Sammy Fund also supports other youth-oriented initiatives in the community.
Major sponsors this year were The Quincy Herald-Whig, WGEM, Refreshment Services Pepsi, First Bankers Trust Co., and Company Market.