The Colonel makes a big delivery to the animal shelter

Chuck Vandenberg, current editor of Pen City

FORT MADISON – The Colonel delivered Saturday to the PAW animal shelter near Fort Madison.

It wasn’t your usual delivery service bringing a meal, although they did, KFC Southeast Iowa officials brought lunch, drinks, cake and a check. .for $10,000.

PAW manager Sandy Brown, who was at the shelter for a meeting on Saturday and had just been released, witnessed a surprise presentation of the check from Kathy Neff and several area KFC officials.

Brown grabbed Neff and cried when she showed him the award. This is one of KFC’s Make A Wish grants that are awarded annually to submitted programs based on application and criteria.

Erin Rechtfertig, area supervisor at KFC and Andrew Sheaffer, general manager of the Burlington restaurant, were on hand to present the check, along with lunch, drinks, cake and flowers.

“It takes a lot to make me cry,” Brown said.

“God is good, phew, I always know that and I should never be surprised. I just don’t have a quote. I’m speechless and you know I’m never speechless.”

Neff said she was told about the grant program and knew the shelter had a lot of need, so she submitted it on their behalf.

“We got a notice from KFC saying we could nominate people. I’m from here and I know how she struggles and I asked if I could do it, they said ‘yes’, and we got it. obtained one of the 50 prizes out of approximately 4,000 in the world.”

Brown, who cried and hugged Neff, who lives in Fort Madison and is a KFC system manager, said the funds will go to the new $6.8 million shelter project. The funds will be in addition to the $112,000 the shelter raised on Monday with the Jordan’s Way project.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, according to PAW’s Facebook page, the group had raised $122,500 and was just $2,500 short of its goal.

Neff said the shelter should receive official notification of the funds on the Colonel’s (Sanders) birthday, September 9.


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