Sammy Fund grants announced

Thousands of dollars have been reinvested in the community thanks to one nine-year-old girl.

Samantha Otte died from complications following a liver transplant almost 13 years ago.

Her family turned tragedy into something positive by setting up the Samanta Otte Youth Opportunity Fund.

Every year, money is raised through a golf tournament, fun run, and other activities.

Monday morning, grants were handed out to organizations that benefit young people. The presentation was at Washington School, which receives some of the money. Students who will benefit from the grants got to hand out the checks.

"When you see the children and you hear from them, you are reminded why we do what we do and why these grant awards are so important to our future, our young people, and making our community a better place to live," Amy Lehenbauer, with The Sammy Fund, said.

Organizers hand out the grant money as close to Sammy's birthday as possible. Sunday would've been her 23rd birthday.