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Hotline Wine Event Raises Over $45,000

​​​Southwest Omaha Rotary Night Club recently held their 8th annual Fine Wine and Hors d'oeuvres tasting and silent auction to benefit Boys Town National Hotline on Thursday October 20, 2016. Held at A View on State, over $45,000 was raised through the generous donations of over 50 corporate sponsors including CenturyLink and through the generosity of  the more than 500 guests who participated in the event and silent auction.

Top auction items ranged from a University of Nebraska Husker Football Ticket package for four, to a three night stay in any Hyatt Hotel including airfare, concert tickets to Eric Church, a variety of signed sports memorabilia, family passes to a variety of different attractions and museums and many other gift cards to popular restaurants, baskets containing a variety of prizes and many more spectacular items.

Special volunteer, Aleah Peters, Miss Nebraska 2016, assisted with the event. Her platform on cyber bullying awareness aligns with the mission and goals of the services provided by the Boys Town National Hotline, including its Your Life, Your Voice website.

The amount raised will be used to help fund the cost of the texting and online chat services available through the Boys Town National Hotline. In addition, materials such as pencils, water bottles, posters and wallet cards containing the Hotline's contact information will be purchased and distributed to thousands of students within the Omaha community to provide those at risk with the necessary services to potentially save their lives.

"Thanks to our donors, we have been able to expand the hours of operation for our texting services," said Ginny Gohr, Director of the Boys Town National Hotline. "Since the inception of the service in 2014, the Hotline has handled over 500,000 messages."

The Boys Town National Hotline is a free service open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and is staffed with professionally trained Boys Town counselors. Counselors can be reached by telephone, email, chat or text message. In 2015 alone, the Hotline answered over 146,000 calls and over 37,000 emails, chats and texts. The majority of callers that reach out and use these services are struggling with mental health related issues, suicidal thoughts or relationship problems.

Thank you to all the generous donors and sponsors for making this year's Hotline Wine Fundraiser a success!​