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Mutual of Omaha

Mutual of Omaha

September 29, 2014 11:00 ET

Mutual of Omaha Announces Top 10 Aha Moments; One to Become National TV Commercial

Mutual of Omaha Selects 10 Finalists From Nearly 1,000 Moments Recorded During 2014 Aha Moment Tour

OMAHA, NE--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2014) - Mutual of Omaha, proud sponsor of life's aha moments(SM), has announced the final 10 aha moments from people all across the U.S. who participated in the Aha Moment Tour this summer. From these 10, one moment will become a national television commercial spot for Mutual of Omaha. 

Ten will become one through a combination of Mutual of Omaha's panel of judges and an online vote at Voting will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 10 and the favorite moment will be announced on Oct. 14. It will begin airing on national television next spring.

"These 10 moments remind us of the beauty and determination that is found in making a life change," said John Hildenbiddle, senior vice president of brand management and public relations at Mutual of Omaha. "The fifth year setting out across America showed us the strength and resilience we all have."

The top 10 aha moments the public can now vote for are as follows:

Redding, Calif. - John
John believed in himself enough to give up his career, test his dream, and start a successful brewing company.

Flagstaff, Ariz. - Kelly
As the director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kelly realized she loved her job when she took time out of her busy life to change the life of a child.

Lubbock, Texas - Meagan
While working at the South Plains Food Bank, Meagan met a family who lost everything. When their son was excited to have milk in his box, she realized the importance of being thankful for what you have. 

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Willy
Willy's daughter asked him if everyone gets to eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. After giving 14 plates of food away, Willy was inspired to start a food truck where no one leaves hungry, whether they can afford it or not.

Fayetteville, Ark. - Pamela
Pamela's husband suffered physical and emotional trauma from the Vietnam War. When Pamela got enough courage to write a book about post-traumatic stress disorder, she realized when we are honest and vulnerable with other people, it heals us and the other person, too.

Albany, Ga. - Pam
Pam's brother died at a young age from health complications due to obesity. Through a partnership with the YMCA, Pam set up a fitness center project to help obese children.

Scranton, Pa. - April
When an intruder attacked her 5-year-old daughter, April's community started a fund for her called the "Marlee Fund." April bought her a horse and got to see her daughter be a little girl again. Now April runs a non-profit that provides equine therapy for kids who have faced trauma.

Grand Forks, N.D. - Brenda
Brenda gained a new perspective on life when her and her family lost everything in a flood. Focusing on family is the most important thing, while everything else is just extra.

Casper, Wyo. - Amy
After living on the streets herself, Amy got involved with an organization that helps single homeless parents. If Amy can put a smile on these families' faces, that's when she's most fulfilled.

Walla Walla, Wash. - Ann-Erica
Taken aback by the love a Down Syndrome child showed her, Ann-Erica put on an exceptional rodeo for kids with disabilities and experienced their potential.

The 10 remaining individuals featured in the vote are encouraged to strategically share their aha moment using social networking sites to encourage others to vote for them.

The road to commercial stardom began on May 12 in Redding, Calif., and journeyed to 20 cities across the country before wrapping in Bend, Ore. on Aug. 15. At every stop, people lined up to share their personal aha moments in an Airstream trailer custom designed as a mobile television studio. Nearly 1,000 aha moments were recorded along the tour. All of the interviews can be viewed at

Mutual of Omaha launched its sponsorship of life's aha moments in February 2009 and has captured almost 5,000 moments from people in cities all across the United States. Nearly 40 commercials have been produced and aired since the campaign's inception. For more information about the aha moment concept, visit

About Mutual of Omaha
Mutual of Omaha, proud sponsor of life's aha moments(SM), is a full-service, multi-line organization providing insurance, banking and financial products for individuals, businesses and groups throughout the United States. For more information about Mutual of Omaha, visit

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