Treasurer Stenberg Encourages Nation to ‘Embrace Enable’

Eight-day Countdown to June 30 Launch of Enable Savings Plan

LINCOLN, Neb.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#EmbraceEnable–First National Bank of Omaha and Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg
today kicked off “Embrace Enable”— eight days of activities, giveaways,
special events and celebrations culminating June 30 at Omaha’s Henry
Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for the official launch of the Enable
Savings Plan
. To celebrate the launch nationwide, individuals with
disabilities, their families, advocates, supporters and others are
invited to participate in a number of events including the
#EmbraceEnable Photo Contest. To enter, anyone nationwide can submit
photos and complete a form on the Enable
Savings Plan’s Facebook page
including the hashtag #EmbraceEnable.
Five winners will be drawn at random to each win a $100 VISA pre-paid

Additionally, the “I am ABLE to” traveling wall will make its way from
the Treasurer’s news conference on the new Centennial Mall north of the
State Capitol, to the First National Bank Tower Wintergarden and then to
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on June 30. Signers are invited to
share their abilities and write inspirational messages on the wall.

“We are excited that in just a few days, the Enable Savings Plan will be
available to Nebraskans and individuals across the United States. We
invite Nebraskans to take part in the activities and events leading up
to the June 30 launch. And we encourage everyone to celebrate and
support this valued community of new savers and their families,” said
State Treasurer Stenberg.

“After more than a year of planning, we are excited to launch our Enable
Savings Plan and to sign up our first account owners, beginning June 30.
We are proud to be one of the first states in the nation to offer these
tax-advantaged savings accounts to enable children and adults with
qualifying disabilities in Nebraska and across the United States to save
and invest their money without jeopardizing benefits they may receive
through public programs like SSI and Medicaid,” Treasurer Stenberg said.

“Through it all, First National Bank and the Treasurer’s Office have
been committed to building a program to address the unique needs of our
future account owners, keeping in mind convenience, ease of use, and
cost. Our shared vision has been to create a program that can be
understood and used by a broad range of people with disabilities and
their legal representatives with minimal paperwork,” Stenberg said.

A pioneering program from the First National Bank of Omaha and the
Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office, the Enable Savings Plan is one of the
first ABLE programs in the country and provides individuals with
disabilities an affordable, simple, and straightforward opportunity to
gain financial independence. Account owners can save for their future in
tax-free savings accounts and pay for everyday expenses related to their

In a prepared statement released by First National Bank, Clark
Lauritzen, executive vice president, said: “For more than 150 years,
First National Bank has committed to serving our clients, customers and
communities across Nebraska. As we get set to launch the Enable Savings
Plan nationally, we preserve and uphold that pledge. For so long,
individuals with disabilities have had few options to save; Enable
changes that. We will provide the experience and knowledge to help
families feel secure in and achieve their financial goals.”

Also speaking at the news conference in addition to Treasurer Stenberg
was State. Sen. Kate Bolz of Lincoln, the sponsor of legislation in 2015
to create Nebraska’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) law.

Highlights of activities leading up to the June 30 launch include the

  • Thursday, June 23, the Enable team will host a celebration in
    Wintergarden in the First National Bank tower, 1620 Dodge St., in
    Omaha. The event will feature speeches, ice cream and the “I am ABLE
    to” traveling wall.
  • Friday, June 24, First National Bank branches across Nebraska
    will celebrate the launching of Enable. Branches in Kansas, Colorado,
    South Dakota, Illinois, Texas and Iowa also will join in the fun.
  • Saturday, June 25, First National Bank will host an
    informational table at the ALLPLAY baseball league picnic in Seymour
    Smith Park in Omaha.
  • Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, Enable
    informational table will travel to the First National Bank Branch at 12th
    and Howard in Omaha on Monday and to the Omaha Children’s Museum, 500
    S. 20th St., on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday, June 29, as well as throughout the countdown, First
    National Bank’s Enable team and Treasurer Stenberg will be featured in
    on-air interviews with television and radio stations throughout
  • Thursday, June 30, official launch party at Omaha’s Henry
    Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

To follow updates and learn more about the Enable Savings Plan, visit
read the Enable Savings Plan blog,
and like Enable Savings Plan on Facebook.

About the Enable Savings Plan

Enable is a tax-advantaged savings plan to help make saving simple and
affordable for individuals with disabilities. The Nebraska State
Treasurer serves as Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as
Program Manager, and investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment
Council. Visit and for more

About First National Bank of Omaha

First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of
Nebraska. First National of Nebraska is the largest privately owned
banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates
have $20 billion in managed assets and 5,000 employee associates.
Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois,
Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee
May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings and Checking Account Options


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