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Nevada Celebrates Twelve Days of Boys Town

Twelve Days of Christmas ​may be overwhelming, but luckily you don’t need a partridge, four calling birds or nine ladies dancing to celebrate the Twelve Days of Boys Town. From December 1-12, Boys Town Nevada’s Friends Committee spearheaded and solicited support from a number of generous donors and volunteers to host twelve days of activities for the site’s kids and families.

On December 1, the season was kicked off with a School of Rock night. Ron Keel, platinum-selling artist who just released his solo album, “Metal Cowboy,” and the local School of Rock House Band gave performances for youth and adults from the Family Home® and In-Home Family Services® (IHFS) programs, as well as a few invited visitors. Listeners were also welcomed to a cookout dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers supplied by Friends of Boys Town Committee chair, Tony Sgro.

The second day of Boys Town brought about turkey and football jerseys. Donated and delivered by the Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Family Homes received a turkey to save for the home’s holiday meal and NFL jerseys for the youth. The fire fighters worked off of a wish list so the youth could sport jerseys from their favorite teams and players. After the gift handout, the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue team did a demo with a fire engine and allowed one of the youth to model a full firefighter uniform.

The holiday feast was completed on the third day when the Las Vegas Metro Police Department dropped off baskets filled with side dishes, donated by board chair Farrow Smith and Friends Committee member Melissa Graves, to compliment the turkey that Family Homes had received the day before. The officers took this time to tell the youth about what it takes to be a police officer and explained how they are in the community to help, not bring harm.

December 4 brought a few high-profile celebrities to the Nevada campus. UFC fighters Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, Miesha Tate and Rodrigo Botti and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Fight Corner Radio Host, Dave Carney stopped by for a meet-and-greet with youth and families in the Family Home and IHFS programs. Attendees were given a t-shirt, hat and autographed photo, and youth also received a Target gift card. The night was made complete with a pizza dinner provided by Sgro.

On day five, lawyers from the Las Vegas-area delivered robes to the youth in Family Homes. Joining them was Judge Natalie Tate, the first female judge in North Las Vegas. Because they came from a multitude of backgrounds, the lawyers took time to share their division of law practice and what they do.

Family-Teachers ® and youth received gift cards from Bank of America on day six. Later, the Family Homes went shopping and used the cards to purchase gifts for a campus-wide Secret Santa gift exchange.

Days seven and eight featured classic Christmas traditions. On December 7, volunteers from Cirque de Soleil, Today’s Gentleman and the Las Vegas community joined Family Homes in putting up Christmas decorations. By the end of the day, the homes looked beautiful, inside and out. The following day, Boys Town families added a few more details. Two homes created gingerbread houses, and others painted ceramic plates, which were later baked and returned to the youth to give as gifts.

The Las Vegas Speedway welcomed youth to the annual Glittering Lights show, free-of-charge, on day 9. Driving through approximately 2.5 miles of displays made up of millions of lights, the youth were in awe of how big the event was.

On December 10, Family Homes indulged in dinner at P.F. Chang’s, compliments of an annual donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Following dinner, the youth received a gift from Nike: a drawstring bag filled with gear, including a pair of sneakers, two pairs of socks, a beanie and a sweatshirt.

Day 11 was In-Home Awareness Day. Boys Town staff put in extra effort to draw supporters to the Target wish list for programs at the Nevada site, and everyone was thrilled to see even more donations than last year. The youth were also hard at work, cleaning and preparing their homes for the visitors that were sure to come with day 12’s festivities.

Twelve Days of Boys Town came to an end on December 12 with the Festival of Hope open house and Christmas celebration. The community was invited to the Nevada campus for Family Home tours led by youth, hot chocolate with cookies provided by Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College and community volunteer Glynda Rhodes, horse-drawn carriage rides and a tree lighting ceremony. Following the tree lighting, Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrived by limo to take pictures with all the children who wanted to visit with them.

It was a night of much excitement, but Development Coordinator, Catrina Mora, said her favorite part was the tree lighting because she got to see the large number of people had come out to celebrate and learn about Boys Town. “I think it’s important to share our mission with the community,” she said. “The fact is, not everyone knows about our programs and what we want to accomplish. So we use this opportunity to show them what we do and earn their much-needed support.”

Later in the evening Boys Town took the time to recognize a couple exceptional supporters. Ivette Maningo and Tony Sgro were presented with paintings by a Family-Teacher and a giant card signed by all of the campus youth.

“The Twelve Days of Boys Town was a wonderful example of our community’s commitment to supporting our kids and families, especially during the holidays,” said Howard Olshansky, Executive Director at Boys Town Nevada. “We are so appreciative of the leadership from our Friends Committee and the support from our donors and volunteers.”  Though it was only the second year of officially observing the Twelve Days of Boys Town in Nevada, the celebration was a big hit.