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8th Annual Blue Water Bash Annual Blue Water Bash<span aria-hidden="true"> <p>The 8th annual Blue Water Bash took place on July 20, 2019 at the Boys Town Okoboji Camp and this year they made a splash by raising more than $175,000. </p> <p>The event hosted more than 300 guests with The Dixon Family Foundation as 175k the event Anchor Sponsor.</p> <p>Those in attendance enjoyed live and silent auctions, a game of heads or tails sponsored by Sazerac Distributors, the Boys Town graduation video and a speech from our chair, Joe Johns, whose dad was a 1963 Boys Town graduate. </p> <p>In his speech, Joe reflected on how the skills and examples his dad learned at Boys Town served as an instrumental roadmap for his life. </p> <p>"As the oldest of three boys growing up in the South Omaha projects in a broken home, my dad was robbed of his childhood," said Joe. "Boys Town offered my dad a safe haven, a solid foundation and stable environment, where he could foster relationships, focus on his schoolwork, and achieve success.  Boys Town molded my dad into a young man with a pathway to and vision of success.  Boys Town exposed my Dad to what is possible, and he went out and provided endless opportunities for me."</p> <p>This year's event also honored Knobby Meysenburg posthumously with the Wavemaker Award. The award recognized all of Knobby's contributions to the Boys Town community. Knobby was an employee for more than 40 years and ran the Okoboji camp from 1976 – 1992. He was a selfless individual who was always giving back. From teaching kids how to ski, to helping maintain the physical structure of the camp, Meysenburg was an instrumental part of the camp for many years. His wife, Betty Meysenburg, accepted the award on his behalf. </p> <p>The bash ended of the night with drinks, dancing and music by The Fishheads was kicked off with a rendition of "He Aint Heavy" by the Hollies. </p> <p>Boys Town extends a thank you to all the gracious donors and sponsors who contributed to this year's event which affords our youth and families the opportunity to experience a safe and memorable family vacation while helping to revitalize the existing camp facilities so they're safe and preserved to meet future needs.<br></p> <p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Annual-Blue-Water-Bash-July-20/BWB4.jpg" alt="Blue Water Bash Participants - Group Photo" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p></span>2019-09-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Blue Water Bash" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BWB2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Tyson Foods Interns Gain Experience at Boys Town Foods Interns Gain Experience at Boys Town<p>This summer Boys Town Iowa hosted two interns from the Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program - Caitlin Makovicka from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and Katie Gruhn from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.</p><p>This program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting the program in the Chicago area and in Sioux City, Storm Lake and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Campus Compact affiliates in Iowa and Illinois are overseeing and administering the program.</p><p>Caitlin is a junior majoring in social and behavioral science with a second major in general business. During the internship she shadowed Giannella Witt, In-Home Family Services<sup>® </sup>(IHFS) Consultant, Boys Town Iowa.</p><p>"I chose the career path of social work because I have a strong interest of helping people and making everyone feel loved and that they have a purpose," said Caitlin. "The social work field is a flexible career that gives me the opportunity to work in different environments and with different people.  Social work allows me to make a difference in my community."</p><p>Caitlin reflected on how the people she has met through this internship with Boys Town has been the most enjoyable part for her.</p><p>"From the first day that I started, my supervisor, Jenni DeBoer, and In-Home Family Consultant, Giannella Witt, have made me feel like I am part of the Boys Town family and not just an intern," said Caitlin. "The other members of the Boys Town team have also been very friendly and fun to get to know throughout the summer."</p><img src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Tyson-Foods-Interns-Gain-Experience-at-Boys-Town/tyson2.jpg" alt="" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:190px;height:254px;" /><p>The other intern, Katie, is a sophomore majoring in social work. She chose this path because she wanted a career that gave her purpose. This summer she was mentored by IHFS consultant Tammy Russell.</p><p>During this internship, Katie has experienced firsthand just how rewarding a career in social services can be.</p><p>"The most enjoyable part of the internship was when I was able to witness families reuniting. Boys Town's focus is on the reunification of families and keeping kids in their homes. That may not always be possible, but when it is and it works it's an amazing feeling," said Katie.</p><p>The Tyson interns are right alongside with their Consultant in the field gaining perspective and skills they will need when they enter the field themselves. Along with learning new skills, interns at Boys Town also have the opportunity to learn about other services to address areas such as mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence.  Some additional experiences include attending court hearings, family treatment court, family staffing, internal and community training, and family team meetings. </p><p>"I think Boys Town is a great place for the Tyson interns to gain experience as it gives these students a chance to be immersed in the position of an In-Home Family Services (IHFS) Consultant," said Jennifer DeBoer, Supervisor In-Home Family Services, Boys Town Iowa.</p><p>When asked what this internships has taught them both Caitlin and Katie mentioned how they have been able to see what the day-to-day operation of social work looks like and they can now use what they are learning in school and apply it to the real world.</p><p>"The experiences help to give a broader understanding of the work being completed and how their course work is put to use. This experience helps both the intern and our organization network for the present and future," said Gina Bullard, Supervisor IHFS, Boys Town Iowa. "The internship is a fantastic way to build relationships for future quality employees."<br></p>2019-08-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tyson Foods" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/tyson.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone<p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Iowa In-Home Family Services Consultant Honored at Conference Town Iowa In-Home Family Services Consultant Honored at Conference<p>On May 7, Kelly Manker, Boys Town Iowa In-Home Family Services (IHFS) Consultant, was recognized as one of the 2019 Prevent Child Abuse Iowa's Community Heroes at the Child Abuse Prevention and Family Support Conference in Ankeny, IA.</p><p>The recipients of this recognition are nominated by their supervisors and a planning committee selects the community hero from the pool of nominations.</p><p>"Kelly is someone who bends over backwards for his families. He does a great job at building strong relationships and takes the time to get to know the families on a personal level which makes them more comfortable and willing to open up," said Chris Jackson, Senior Director Program Operations, Boys Town Iowa. "He is super dedicated to Boys Town and always going the extra mile to help families and get them back together."</p><p>Kelly's work as an IHFS Consultant has gone above-and-beyond the call of duty to strengthen families and build hope in their lives to enhance the communities in which they live. </p><p>This conference was not only a great way to recognize Kelly Manker for his stellar work with children and families, but also provided Boys Town Iowa leadership with a platform to present helpful advice to the community of child abuse prevention supporters. Pat Garcia, Community Engagement Developer, and Sonya Fittje, Common Sense Parenting Supervisor, presented on developing a successful parenting community, while Executive Director Debbie Orduna sat on a panel with Liz Cox for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa</p><p>Congratulations to Kelly and thank you to Pat, Sonya and Debbie for continuing the mission of saving children and healing families in the Iowa communities. </p><p><img src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/manker.jpg" alt="Boys Town Iowa Manker & Orduna" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p>2019-07-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Boys Town Iowa Manker Orduna" src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/manker-and-orduna.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent