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More Than 800 Attend Second Annual Ames Avenue Block Party

Boys Town ® ​employees from 14 departments were in full force wearing blue spirited t-shirts ready to volunteer and work booths offering information on services at the second annual Ames Avenue Block Party on Friday, May 29.

More than 800 attendees, including some In-Home Family Services clients both past and present, celebrated Boys Town’s successes in the North Omaha community with their expanded presence. Pro-boxer, Terrence ‘Bud’ Crawford attended and signed autographs while family-friendly activities from carnival games, shooting basketball hoops, bounce houses, rock climbing, face-painting, and balloon-making were offered throughout the event as well as free food, drinks, and an endless supply of cotton candy yumminess!

A highlight of the event was the performance by drill teams Mt. Calvary Community Church and Triple D. Both teams were a great representation of positive activities for youth in the community.

Tom Lynch, Boys Town Director of Community Programs gave insight to the awareness brought by the Block Party event while Father Boes showed us his favorite part of the day.

“During the current struggle with violence not only in Omaha but throughout the Country, it is important for Boys Town to be a physical presence where services are needed and to collaborate with other organizations to be part of the solution,” said Lynch. “This event showcased our willingness to do both.  It was a pro-social activity where families and neighbors could come together and celebrate while demonstrating a pride in their community.”

“My favorite part about the block party is these guys,” said Father Boes. “This is good family fun and we’ve been here two years now, served about a thousand kids a year, trying to make North Omaha stronger and I hope families find fun things to do like this!”

Boys Town’s commitment to working with the children, families and neighboring communities shows through the hard work and perseverance of making new possibilities available to all. Thanks to local community sponsors, volunteers and participants, the Ames Avenue Block Party event was an insightful way of bringing the neighborhood community together and embracing Boys Town’s expanded presence.

The event sponsors and volunteers included Boys Town, Goodwill, Heartland Workforce Solutions, the Kroc Center, HyVee, Boys and Girls Club, and youth from the YES House. Corporate sponsors included, Wells Fargo Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, SAC Federal Credit Union, and AAA.