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January 3, 2010

Corbin plans to fundraise with bricks for Sanders statue

Corbin Tourism Commission Chairwoman Suzie Razmus is hoping 2010 will be the year of Colonel Sanders.

The newly formed Friends of Col. Sanders is working toward incorporation and tax-exempt status so it can begin accepting donations for a proposed statue honoring Corbin’s most famous resident. 

The tourism commission has also created an exploratory committee for the project, whose members include Razmus, City Recreation Director Marlon Sams, Main Street Design Committee members Charlene Blair and Kenneth Pennington, City Commissioner Joe Shelton, and Tourism Board Member Tonya Marcum.  

“(Accountant) Kyle Perkins and (attorney and tourism board member) Wes Tipton have donated their time to start our non-profit, and what we’re doing right now is basically looking at different properties and trying to decide,” Razmus said. “We want it to be downtown so we can draw people downtown, and we’re just trying to get a vision for it.”

Plans are to create a Web site where people across the globe can purchase memorial bricks for the project via credit card.  Because the tourism commission is a government agency, the Friends of Col. Sanders, a non-profit fundraising organization, had to be formed in order to accept tax-deductable donations.

Feedback for the project has been “really positive,” Razmus said.

“People are excited about it,” she said. “The money will present itself. I just feel like it will. People will get behind a project like this and, worldwide, there are people who love Colonel Sanders who want to see this happen.”

About six months ago, Charlene Blair wrote to KFC franchise owner Yum Brands, asking for their permission to construct a statue of the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder, who opened his first chicken restaurant just outside of Corbin. In August, she heard back.

They gave their blessing to the project.

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