ULTIMATE KFC® "WING MAN" GOES FOR A GOOD CAUSE: INDIANAPOLIS-AREA FAN HONORS HOSPITAL VOLUNTEERS, STAFF VIA PARTY WITH SHANNON SHARPE
Local Carmel Resident Also Donates $10,000 in KFC® Prizes to Local Children's Hospital
LOUISVILLE, KY - It was a great party and an even better cause. Kentucky Fried Chicken named Joel Markland of Carmel, Ind. the recipient of KFC's Ultimate Wingman party with football legend and network TV sports commentator, Shannon Sharpe.
Instead of keeping the party to himself, Joel hosted a bevy of staff, volunteers and former patients from the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent yesterday at his home. Markland is also donating the $10,000 in prize money, which was earmarked for a media room makeover in his home, to the hospital.
"As the father to three young girls, I want to teach them the importance of giving back. My kids will get a lot more than $10,000 worth of life lessons by being a part of something like this," Markland said.
KFC selected Joel Markland from nearly 1,000 football enthusiasts who tweeted @kfc why they wanted KFC and Sharpe to be their "wingmen" at the party for this year's big game. In addition to Sharpe's visit and the $10,000 in prize money, KFC also catered the party with KFC's crunchy, spicy Hot Wings™.
"Joel Markland is the Ultimate Wingman, not only because he is such big sports fan, but more importantly, because of his commitment to serving his community," said Karen Sherman, senior director of public relations for KFC. "It's people like Joel, who serve as wingmen to their communities each and every day, who make this country so great. We are honored to have him as our winner."
Bringing People Together in 2012
KFC's Colonel Harland Sanders debuted his secret Original Recipe® of 11 herbs and spices more than 70 years ago, creating a legendary combination that has since become a favorite of chicken-lovers everywhere. The Colonel was much more than a talented cook though. In addition to developing one of the most famous recipes in the world, he was also passionate about bringing people together. Throughout 2012, the chain plans to highlight how it continues to bring families and friends together around the Colonel's timeless recipe.
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