Evansville Otters raise more than $210K over 16-year partnership with Jacob’s Village

Otters hosted 16th annual Jacob’s Village Benefit Game on Thursday
Evansville Otters raise more than $210K over 16-year partnership with Jacob’s Village
Published: Jun. 30, 2022 at 4:06 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2022 at 4:09 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Otters hosted the 16th annual Jacob’s Village Benefit Game on Thursday.

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For the past 16 years, the Otters have partnered with Jacob’s Village to help raise money for the organization’s mission to give people with disabilities the opportunity to live a more independent lifestyle.

“The Otters have been excellent partners to us. In our 16-year relationship, we’ve raised over $210,000, but more importantly, they have great relationships with our residents,” Jacob’s Village Development Director Laura Hurt said. “They get to come out, adults with disabilities, seniors and interact with the players, that’s what’s really special.”

100% of sponsorships and a portion of gate ticket sales from Thursday’s game will benefit Jacob’s Village.

“The money that is raised through the Jacob’s Village Benefit Game and elsewhere goes back to the organization so they can continue to build on their community,” said Preston Leinenbach, director of communications for the Evansville Otters.

Hurt said Jacob’s Village uses the funds raised to support their programming and help their residents remain independent.

“Our mission is to provide affordable and accessible housing for people with disabilities. This is one of our largest fundraisers for Jacob’s Village, so it’s been really great to see it grow over the years. It shows people of Evansville coming out to support people with disabilities,” Hurt said.

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