President Obama signs Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

Jul 06, 2015, 17:09 ET from Boys Town

OMAHA, Neb., July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was signed into law today by President Obama. The bill allows the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town which will be celebrated on December 12, 2017.

"We are thrilled with the passage of this bill and grateful to lawmakers who worked tirelessly to spread the message of the good work Boys Town has done for youth in America for the past 100 years," said Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director of Boys Town. "This coin will help us celebrate Boys Town's 100 year milestone."

The road to passing the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was led by Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and Congressman Brad Ashford.  Former Senator Bill Nelson introduced the bill and leadership for passing the bill last year was provided by Congressman Lee Terry and Senator Mike Johanns.

The $5 gold piece, silver dollars, and half dollars will be issued sometime in 2017 which coincides with the 100 anniversary of the founding of Boys Town. The design has yet to be determined.  

Father Edward Flanagan started Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska in 1917 as home for troubled boys. The organization began accepting girls in 1979. The organization has since expanded to include programs and sites around the country.

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Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America's children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for almost 100 years. In 2014, Boys Town services touched the lives of over 2 million children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town's residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, Foster Care, aftercare, care coordination, school based services, parent training, outpatient counseling, etc. and health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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