Fortenberry Remarks on 100th Anniversary of Boys Town And Release of Newly Minted Commemorative Coin

Mar 9, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) today issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of Boys Town and the release of the newly minted commemorative coin marking the occasion:

“Nebraska's Boys Town affects the lives of more than two million Americans each year,” Fortenberry said. “This commemorative coin rightly honors an institution that has saved children and helped heal families for 100 years.”

In 2015, President Barack Obama signed Fortenberry’s legislation observing the centennial of the founding of Boys Town by directing the United States Treasury to issue a commemorative coin. The Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act authorizes the production of a series of commemorative coins—in gold, silver, and clad--with designs emblematic of Boys Town’s 100-year history.

“Boys Town offers a remarkable model of academic and spiritual engagement,” Fortenberry continued. “Youths learn more than math and grammar. Their teachers and caregivers provide them with solid formation by recreating a positive, structured, engaged environment. Boys Town is so effective that about 90 percent of its graduates integrate successfully back into their communities.”

The U.S. Mint will announce when the coins will be available for purchase by the public. Sales will more than offset the cost of minting by the Treasury. There will be no cost to the taxpayer or Treasury.

Fortenberry is a Member of the House Appropriations Committee.