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In Fort Myers: A Hometown Hero Brightens the Day

There are days when we can all use a ray of sunshine.  And yesterday, that ray was Vonda Chatman, a team member at PDQ in Fort Myers, Fla.   She was working inside the restaurant when suddenly a violent thunderstorm began, causing a power outage inside and flashes of lightning outside.

PDQ's CFO Nick Reader drove down from Tampa to congratulate Vonda on going above and beyond.
PDQ’s CFO and co-founder Nick Reader drove down from Tampa to congratulate Vonda on going above and beyond.

Vonda said, “It lit the whole building up and then everything just went off. I saw the lightning hit the pole. I looked over and saw the lady shaking a little and the daughter looked like she was dazed.”

A pregnant woman and her family had just left the restaurant when a bolt of lightning, strong enough to knock out power, shocked her as she was leaning against the bus stop shelter.

Without thinking of her personal safety, Vonda raced outside to offer assistance. She helped the woman and her small child back into the restaurant. The mother and child were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Vonda explained, “I just kicked into mother instinct and just ran out there. I don’t care if I would’ve got shocked as long as I know they were okay. She got some medical treatment. I feel better now.”

PDQ patron Lynndy West wrote on Facebook: “Another example of PDQ team’s commitment to the community! Way to go Vonda! Amazing community partners and exceptional team members! Awesome food too!”

Vonda sharing her story during an interview with  NBC2 Fort Myers
Vonda sharing her story during an interview with NBC2 Fort Myers

Operating Director Scot Chausse was happy that everyone was okay. “Lost a little bit of power. Lost some electronics,” he said. “But we just basically saved a life. PDQ did.”

Thanks, Vonda, for bringing a little sunshine in after the storm – we are lucky to have someone like you in our community.

News Peeks from PKE: Out & About in #SWFL

PDQ guests can win “A Year of Fresh”

Guests who enjoy PDQ restaurants on 10 separate days during the month of July are eligible to win “A Year of Fresh,” gift card prizes ranging in value from $125 to $500, which can add up to free PDQ for a year.

Participation takes place online at eatPDQ.com where guests can create an account and register for the contest. They can then enter the transaction numbers on their receipts to track their visits. There are email reminders, incentives and special offers along the way.

The contest ends on July 31 and those who recorded 10 visits at any PDQ location will be entered into the drawing which will take place at a grand prize party taking place at the Gulf Coast Town Center location on Aug. 11 at 6 p.m. and at the Cleveland Ave. location on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. Each location will announce its own winners of the Grand Prize ($500 PDQ gift card), Second Prize ($250 gift card), Third Prize ($125 gift card) and many other prizes. Those eligible for the drawing will also be entered to win a pair of round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Coca-Cola for travel within the U.S. and its territories used by Dec. 31, 2016.

For rules, regulations and other contest details visit eatPDQ.com.

 In Southwest Florida, restaurants are located at 12499 Cleveland Ave. and 17470 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy. in Fort Myers. Restaurants are open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Star Spangled Bonita added sparkle to July 4th!

The City of Bonita Springs’s annual Star Spangled Bonita event was a sparkling success.  Taking place at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs, the festivities began at 4 p.m. and included a kids’ amusement area, the annual old-fashioned bed race, eating contests and live entertainment from The Ben Allen Band and Railhead. The night sky lit up with a spectacular fireworks display and laser light show after dark.

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The City of Bonita Springs would like to thank the following sponsors: Gator Country and Renda Broadcasting, Bonita Springs Infiniti, Buffalo Chips, Royal Scoop, Adams Produce, The YMCA, The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, Fitzgerald’s, Heaven Scent Flowers, The News-Press Media Group, Bonita Daily News, The Banner, Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Center for the Arts, Seminole Gulf Railway, Advanced Disposal, PKE Marketing & PR Solutions, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue District, iconDo Inc., Arc of Life Spinal Care, Suncoast Credit Union, Trinity Chiropractic, Hole in One Golf Carts, American House and Kinexis Chiropractic.

Restaurant news: Wacky Sunglasses at PDQ

The future’s so bright…

PDQ celebrates National Sunglasses Day

 Yes, there is an official annual National Sunglasses Day and PDQ will celebrate in style on June 29 with “Wacky Sunglasses Day.” Wacky sunglass wearers will be rewarded all day at both Fort Myers locations with a 50 percent discount off any one purchase.

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PDQ #SWFL Restaurants are located at 12499 Cleveland Ave. and 17470 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy. in Fort Myers. Restaurants are open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PDQ, which stands for People Dedicated to Quality, is a fast casual restaurant specializing in fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, daily cut fries, hand-spun milkshakes and fresh salads with dine-in, drive thru or catering options. www.eatPDQ.com.