Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Gives Grant for New Program Print Content Email Content Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 Page Image Page Content Boys Town Louisiana, an organization committed to saving children and healing families, announced today that it has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The grant will be used to fund a Boys Town Louisiana start-up program designed to aid young people, transitioning out of foster care, in their development into productive adults. The initiative will be called the Oscar J. Tolmas Youth Project.“We’re so thankful to the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust for their support of our new program,” said Boys Town Louisiana Executive Director, Dr. Dennis Dillion. “Each year in Louisiana, almost half of the 500 youth over 16 who exit foster care age out. They are considered adults and must learn to live on their own. This program will give these kids the guidance they need to become successful adults and members of our vibrant community.” The Oscar J. Tolmas Youth Project will provide a support system for young people in New Orleans who are aging out of the foster care system. Through the project, they gain new skills for independent living, secure safe, affordable housing, and explore job opportunities through a network of local employers. They get encouragement and advice through highly trained youth counselors.The grant was made possible through the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. “We are excited to honor Oscar’s memory and charitable interests with this donation to Boys Town Louisiana,” said Trustees Vincent Giardina and Lisa Romano. About Oscar J. Tolmas Oscar Judah Tolmas died December 2, 2013, at the age of 93. The New Orleans native served as a Naval Officer during World War II. Upon discharge, he pursued several career paths, including law, real estate development, and horse racing. He served for several years on the Louisiana State Racing Commission and as Chairman for four years in the early 90s. In 2013, he was honored by the Louisiana Bar Association as a 70-year member, having graduated in 1943 from Tulane University Law School.