Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, Platte Valley State Bank & Trust
to Host ‘NESTFest’
Free, Family Event to Celebrate Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans
College Savings Day

The Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST) and Platte Valley State Bank & Trust will host “NESTFest” on October 13, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Platte Valley State Bank & Trust branch at 810 Allen Drive in Grand Island. NESTFest is a celebration of Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans and an opportunity for families to learn more about how they can save for their children’s futures.

Free for the whole family, NESTFest will feature carnival games, food, face painting, the Kool-Aid Man, balloon artist Poppin’ Penelope, live entertainment and much more. As part of the NESTFest celebration, NEST is also offering each new customer a $50 account bonus to jump start a college savings plan account. Representatives from NEST will be available to answer questions about the bonus, the NEST plans and saving for college.

“NESTFest 2011 was a wonderful, fun event that gave young families an opportunity to spend time together outdoors and, at the same time, learn more about how to save for college to ensure their children’s educational futures. We are expecting a large turnout this year too,” said State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who will speak at the Grand Island event.

“We want families across Nebraska to know about our fine state-sponsored College Savings Plans that are available to them,” Stenberg said.

“NEST has been recognized by national experts as one of the top college savings plans in the nation. We’re extremely proud of the program and equally as proud of the commitment thousands of families have made to save for college and help create a bright future for their children. NESTFest is an opportunity to celebrate Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans and the many opportunities ahead for Nebraska’s youth,” said Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director of College Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha.

First National Bank of Omaha serves as the Program Manager for NEST. Both First National Bank of Omaha and Platte Valley State Bank & Trust are divisions of First National of Nebraska.

About Platte Valley State Bank & Trust

Platte Valley State Bank & Trust is a division of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska has grown into the largest privately owned banking company in the United States. First National and its affiliates have $17 billion in managed assets and nearly 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

About NEST

NEST is a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan and provides four plans to help make saving for college simple and affordable: NEST Direct College Savings Plan, the NEST Advisor College Savings Plan, the TD Ameritrade 529 College Savings Plan, and the State Farm College Savings Plan. The Nebraska State Treasurer serves as Program Trustee. First National Bank of Omaha serves as Program Manager, and all investments are approved by the Nebraska Investment Council. Families nationwide are saving for college using Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans, which have more than 261,000 accounts, including 84,000 in Nebraska. Visit and for more information.

Investments Are Not FDIC Insured* · No Bank, State or Federal Guarantee · May Lose Value
*Except the Bank Savings Individual Investment Option
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