Donna Penley is about to be on “Wheel of Fortune” – again.
On Monday evening, the TV game show will air a short package at the end of the show featuring Penley and her Wheel of Fortune Ranch in Haysville, according to Rachel Hartz, publicity coordinator with the show.
The show airs locally on KSN Channel 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Penley, who is legally blind, has created an animal rescue sanctuary while also working with special-needs children and their families. Last fall, The Wichita Eagle featured Penley in an article.
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Her story in creating a ranch began on May 3, 1999, when her house – along with many others in her neighborhood – was struck by what would later become known as the Haysville tornado.
It was part of a violent weather system that killed five people and injured more than 100, destroying at least 150 homes and 27 businesses.
At about that same time, Penley heard that the “Wheel of Fortune” bus was coming to Wichita. She told her family she was going to Century II to try to get on the show.
The weekend of the tryout, she said, 5,000 people lined up. Penley was among eight people who were eventually chosen as contestants.
The next year, she was on the show, winning $23,300 – which she used as a down payment on her ranch.
Penley won’t be on the show in person on Monday night, but she and the ranch will be featured.
“I was surprised, because a lot of people won more money than I did,” Penley said Thursday. “But they are doing specials on people who have won money and the good things they have done.”