Capitol Federal Foundation Presents Gifts At Ribbon Cutting

February 16, 2010
Capitol Federal's 117th Year of True Blue® Service

NEWS RELEASE

During Capitol Federal's ribbon cutting ceremony held Tuesday, February 16, for its 45th office, eighth in greater Wichita at 114 East Cloud Avenue, Andover, Capitol Federal Foundation presented large replica checks to Andover Advantage and to the Andover Police Department. The $15,000 gift to Andover Advantage will be used to enhance the educational experience of Andover area children. With a $10,000 gift, the Andover Police Department will be able to add a new police dog to their team. Jim Roman, president of the Andover Advantage board of directors, and Michael Keller, Chief of Police, accepted the checks from Veronica Maher, vice president-branch manager of Capitol Federal's Andover branch.

Maher stated, "Capitol Federal is pleased to provide these gifts to Andover Advantage and the Police Department in recognition of Capitol Federal's newest True Blue® location. With our move into Andover, Capitol Federal wanted to make an impact, and what better way than to support education and public safety. As a part of the Andover and greater Wichita community, we are happy to extend these gifts that will benefit the community."

"We are excited to be the beneficiary of this generous award, helping fund needed teaching grants," Roman remarked. "We thank Capitol Federal for your generous support of public education and the furthering of our mission 'to help our kids reach for the stars'."

Chief Keller stated, "The addition of a second K-9 in the Andover Police Department's arsenal of tools will give us better coverage and allow us the opportunity to better serve and protect our community from the hazards and devastation caused by drugs. If the presence of a drug sniffing dog deters just one of our children from drug possession or use, the K-9's are worth every dime that we spend on them!"

Andover Advantage, a non-profit 501(C)3 founded in 1996, raises funds exclusively through private donations. Funds donated to Andover Advantage provide unique student educational experiences that include teacher grants for classroom enrichment activities, programs that directly benefit students, and equipment and materials that challenge students at all levels. The organization's vision is an extraordinary learning opportunity for every Andover student.

With two K-9 patrol dogs, the Andover Police Department will be able have a patrol dog available almost every day of the week, thus providing stronger protection of the Andover community. The two patrol dogs will help detect and deter drug usage in Andover, assist in the search of lost children or adults, track suspects, and as an officer's partner, provide back-up in some situations. The K-9 and its handler, as a team, go through an intense 10-week training program, accredited by the Kansas Highway Patrol and hosted by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

For photos from the grand opening,
visit our CapFed Flickr site.

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Media Contact:
Capitol Federal -- Mary W. Lenz 785-231-6255

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