Donation helps lives of children after one was cut tragically short

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Father’s Day Weekend 1992 would redefine Pat and Greg Samata.

During a visit to San Francisco their 2-and-a-half-year-old son Evan was struck and killed by a car..

Evan’s Life Foundation was born out of that tragedy.  For 21 years the northwest suburban family raised money for at risk children across the city of Chicago.

In Evan’s name the couple and their supporters have raised approximately two million dollars and assisted over 10,000 children   But on the groups 20th anniversary celebration, Pat determined their work was done.

“It just hit me,” she said. “We have done a wonderful job.  We have had a great run but maybe it’s time to pass this on.”

The recipient of that decision is the By The Hand Club, which serves underprivileged kids on the west and south sides.  This November the Samatas gave the program a half million dollars.

By the Hand’s fourth center opened in the Austin neighborhood  this summer,  21 years after Evan’s death.   His picture is soon to be etched in glass in the front conference room looking over students who depend on the center.

The Samata’s gift will go to help fund counseling for kids, tutoring, college prep and financial aid, once again changing and improving lives decades after another ended too short.

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