Sens. Johanns and Fischer Introduce Legislation to Create Commemorative Boys Town Coins


U.S. Sens. Mike Johannsand Deb Fischer Wednesday introduced the Boys Town CentennialCommemorative Coin Act. The legislation would authorize the U.S. Treasury tomint commemorative coins to mark Boys Town's upcoming 100th anniversary celebration.

"Boys Town is an extraordinaryorganization that deserves to be recognized in an extraordinary way," Johannssaid. "Millions of children have Boys Town to thank for a second chance and anew outlook on life, not only in Nebraska but across the country. Thecommemorative coin is but one small way to honor the incredible selflessness ofall those who had a hand in its success, from Boys Town founder Father Flanaganto current director Father Steven Boes."

"For nearly 100 years, Boys Townhas worked tirelessly to fulfill and expand its mission of providing effectivecare for troubled youth and healing broken families," Fischer said. "Nebraskais proud to be the home of this steadfast organization committed to helpingthose in need. As we celebrate its historic centennial, this commemorative coinwill highlight Boys Town's positive impact on communities and familiesnationwide."

The Boys Town CentennialCommemorative Coin Act would authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to mint $5gold coins, $1 silver coins and half-dollar clad coins in honor of Boys Town's100th Anniversary. They will be sold in 2017 and 2018 in limitedquantities. Associated costs will be covered by the sale of thecoins.

One of the largest nonprofits inthe country to serve underprivileged and at-risk children, Boys Town wasfounded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan. Headquartered near Omaha in thevillage of Boys Town, the organization serves more than 2 million children andfamilies across the country each year.

Courtesy- Sens. Johanns and Fischer