Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler joins leaders in criminal justice to recognize the impact of incarceration on families and communities while in NYC
The Huffington Post writer, Jim Luce, wrote a wonderful article yesterday about Laura’s attendance at the Osborne Association’s 2012 Annual Lighting the Way Fundraising Breakfast. Click here to read it!
Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler recently shared the impact of her father going to prison when she was a teenager with the Osborne Association, a nonprofit that serves over 7,000 currently and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families each year – to give a voice to the 2.7 million children in the U.S. with a parent in prison.
The Osborne Association honored Laura with the Thomas Mott Osborne Medal at this record-breaking fundraising event which hosted 700 attendees. Miss America helped the organization double their audience turn out.
“Children of incarcerated parents are an invisible population, and tragically there is no one agency responsible for their welfare,” stated Laura in her platform statement after her crowning as Miss Wisconsin in 2011. “During that time, I experienced emotions of isolation and anger due to the vast publicity this situation was given in my home town. Because of this experience, it has become my mission in life to help children overcome this adversity while understanding they are not alone and must never give up on themselves.”
Laura spoke at the June breakfast hosted by the Osborne Association, an 80-year-old nonprofit that has pioneered programs that empower individuals with current or previous involvement in the criminal justice system to lead positive, healthy and productive lives, and to deepen connections to their families and communities. For the last 30 years, Osborne has also led a movement to address the well-being of the children and family members who are left behind after a loved one is incarcerated. For more information, please visit www.osborneny.org.
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The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. Website: www.missamerica.org