For first time parents, choosing their child’s name is one of the hardest decisions because of all the pressure! I mean, they are going to have their given name for the rest of their life.
But one North Carolina couple had no trouble at all naming their newborn because $11,000 was on the line!
Anna Pilson and Decker Platt’s baby was recently awarded $11,000 after she was crowned the winner of KFC’s baby-naming contest.
In August, the fried chicken chain announced that they would be giving away $11,000 in college tuition to the first baby born on September 9 that is named in honor of Colonel Sanders.
The date is very significant as it would’ve been the founder’s 128th birthday.
“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,” Andrea Zahumensky, KFC U.S. chief marketing officer, said in a press release at the time.
The name they chose? Harland “Harley” Rose.
“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 shared on Twitter.
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. pic.twitter.com/wI2SNshsZ6
— KFC (@kfc) October 30, 2018
The company is hoping that other parents follow their lead:
“We hope that this birthday celebration honors the Colonel and encourages the next generation of people aspiring to live the American dream,” the chain added.