KFC Hands Out Big Prize To Family Who Named Their Daughter After Colonel Sanders

The beloved fast food chain KFC just donated $11,000 to the college fund of a baby girl whose parents named her after Colonel Sanders!

Back in August, KFC announced that they were launching the Baby Harland Naming Contest as a way of celebrating their founder Harland Sanders’ 128th birthday. The restaurant chain pledged to donate $11,000 to the college fund of the first child whose parents named them Harland.

“Even though vintage names are making a comeback, our iconic founder’s name was dwindling in popularity, and we couldn’t just stand idly by and let that happen,” said Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. chief marketing officer, as she announced the contest. She went on to point out that the name “Harland” ranked No. 3,257 out of the most popular U.S baby names in 2017.

“We hope that this birthday celebration honors the Colonel and encourages the next generation of people aspiring to live the American dream,” she added.

The winner ended up being a baby girl named Harland Rose, who was born on September 9.

“I’m as pleased as pumpkin punch to announce the winner of our Baby Harland Naming Contest and the Harland who will be ushering in an all-new generation of Harlands, little Harland Rose,” KFC tweeted.

Twitter users were quick to congratulate little Harland Rose!

“Adorable!! Welcome to the World Harland Rose. What a beautiful and unique name,” one user wrote, another adding, “I love the name Harland! Such a beautiful baby.”

“Beautiful baby. And, what an important person to be named after. I would be very proud to have that awesome, unique name,” wrote a third.

We want to wish Harland Rose the best of luck in life! She’s certainly got one leg up on the other babies thanks to this gift from KFC!

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