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FNBT Promise brings illusionist Matt Adams to entertain, inspire local students

CLINTON, Ill. – Illusionist Matt Adams will entertain and educate students as part of the second First National Bank and Trust Company Promise event.

FNBT Promise is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2019, with motivational in-school events at Deland-Weldon High School and Clinton High School, ending with a youth rally on Saturday, April 27, 2019 - a new addition this year.

Promise is an annual event sponsored by First National Bank that brings in an inspirational speaker to local schools to speak to area youth. The bank invests 10 percent of its pre-tax earnings into the community, which includes a focus on youth programs for the area it serves.

The 2019 motivational speaker for both the in-school events and the youth rally is Adams, a master illusionist who has traveled the world telling stories and sharing his gifts of magic.

“FNBT Promise is a unique event that focuses on bringing out the best in yourself. It is motivational, emotional and empowering,” said Rachel Costello, vice president of banking for First National Bank. “I can’t wait for the DeWitt County community to experience this event again.”

Adams is recognized in the magic community for his groundbreaking work on the Illusion Repository, a clearinghouse of information for the magic industry. Adams has also produced several online magic videos, including a very popular tutorial for coin manipulation. His viewers now number in the hundred thousands.

“Jon Pritikin (2018 speaker) did an amazing job of sharing his life story with our students. He was energetic and inspiring through his feats of strength and his message that everyone can be a hero for someone,” Clinton High School Principal Jerry Wayne said about last year’s Promise event. “He is an awesome man and presenter. So glad he was able to come and speak to our students.”

The school events are not open to the public. Middle and high school students, along with their parents and siblings, are invited to attend the FNBT Promise Youth Rally at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Clinton United Methodist Church in Clinton, IL. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. There will be snacks and giveaways.

For more information on the rally, visit the event's Facebook page.

To learn more about Matt Adams visit his website. To learn more about First National Bank & Trust Company, visit firstnbtc.com.

For more information on FNBT Promise, contact Costello at 217-935-7452 or rachel.costello@firstnbtc.com.

About First National Bank and Trust Co: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois. Dedicated to community prosperity, the bank was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank. The name was changed First National Bank and Trust Company in 1974, and was acquired by TS Banking Group in 2017. With $170 million in assets, First National Bank is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information visit firstnbtc.com.

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