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Sam’s Gift fundraiser aiming to surpass $40,000 total in fifth year

(Photo Courtesy/Mike Beiermeister) The family and friends of Sam Schrader continue to honor her memory by providing scholarships for future college students.

Alpena, Mich. — It’s been five years since the passing of Samantha Schrader.

She was an Alpena High School senior who died in a tragic car accident, Her family and friends continue to honor her every year through a fundraiser.

“It started out as something very simple the very first year, and it just continues to grow, so it’s completely amazing what we’ve been able to do,” said Roxanne Misiak, Sam’s Aunt.

‘Sam’s Gift’ provides scholarships for Alpena High School students planning to attend Alpena Community College. Since Sam was preparing to head to college, her family and friends want to help other students pursue high education. Over the past four years,  future ACC students have received over $27,000 worth of scholarships thanks to Sam’s Gift.

“She was very intelligent and wanted to go to school and educate herself more, and so this was a way of us honoring her and coming together and providing an education to others,” said friend of the family Saleana Wilder.

In it’s fifth year, the family is hoping to surpass $40,000 of fundraising to help provide more scholarships for students. The community has donated a number of gifts to raffle off including handcrafted wood items, a Detroit Tigers package, a pampered chef experience, and much more. There will be bowling, raffles, refreshments, and all sorts of goodies.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 27th from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Thunder Bowl Lanes in Alpena. For more information, visit the Facebook page Sam’s Gift.