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County supervisors award $1,000 to Council Bluffs Fathers Matter 2018 event

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This article is written by Mike Brownlee. It was posted on nonpareilonline.com, April 4, 2018.

The second Fathers Matter event in Council Bluffs will be held on June 9.

The Boys Town-organized event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at River's Edge Park. The event will feature a number of events for fathers and their children, according to Patrick Garcia with Boys Town.

Garcia and Wes Nordquist of Availa Bank, who's helping raise funds through the events finance committee, spoke to the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors about Fathers Matter on Tuesday morning.

"Fathers Matter is a platform to reconnect fathers to their children and families, to other fathers and the community," Garcia told the board during its regular meeting at the Pottawattamie County annex building. The board voted unanimously to donate $1,000 from the gaming fund to the effort.

About 300 families attended last year's inaugural event, according to Boys Town.

Garcia said the event will offer 30 or more activities, including a photo booth, an area for dads to learn to braid their kids' hair, a Boy Scouts-led area and a kite-flying area.

"That's become our signature activity. Fathers have to engage, get those kites up," Garcia said.

Garcia said the event aims to highlight the importance of fathers to take an active role in the lives of their children. He noted statistics on the matter, offering a handout that said a 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report shows 24.7 million children live without their biological father.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office and Super Saver are partners with Boys Town on the event. Organizers said they'd like to expand to hold events elsewhere in Pottawattamie County in the coming years.​