The United States Senate approved The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act sponsored by Sen. Deb Fischer, unanimously.
The legislation authorizes the Treasury Secretary to mint $5 gold coins, $1 silver coins, and half-dollar clad coins in honor of the 100th anniversary of Boys Town in 2017.
Father Steven Boes, National Executive Director of Boys Town, released the following written statement:
“This coin is a fitting symbol of the important contributions Boys Town has made, and continues to make, as a national leader in the care and treatment of America’s children and families. When Father Flanagan founded Boys Town in 1917, he helped revolutionize the way America cares for children. Since then, Boys Town has grown from a small, local home for wayward children in Omaha, Nebraska, to one of the largest nonprofit, nonsectarian child and family service organizations in the country.”
Boys Town celebrates its 100th anniversary December 17th, 2017.
Under the legislation, the special coins would be sold in 2017 and 2018 in limited quantities.
Founded by Father Edward Flanagan, Boys Town is one of the largest nonprofits in the country serving underprivileged and at-risk children. The organization’s headquarters are near Omaha in the village of Boys Town. Every year, the organization serves more than 2 million children and families across the country.