Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, has been selected the Outstanding Kenoshan 2013 by the Rotary Club of Kenosha-West.
Kaeppeler, a graduate of St. Joseph High School and Carthage College, will be honored at a fundraising banquet beginning at 5 p.m. on May 30 at the UAW Local 72 Headquarters Hall, 3615 Washington Road. Dinner is at 6 p.m. with a program to follow.
Last year, Kaeppeler won the competition on the strength of her singing voice in the talent competition, and her poise in answering the question of judges, as well as winning the swimsuit competition.
Her platform, an original among pageant contestants inthe pageant’s history, espoused mentoring children of incarcerated parents.
The platform aimed at reducing and perhaps breaking the cycle of crime that children of jailed parents often find themselves caught up in for reasons they’re ill prepared to understand. She defined its mission as providing support to children of all ages, encouraging positive decision-making and helping to develop glowing self-esteem.
As Miss America, Kaeppeler spent a whirlwind year making appearances across the country, traveling upwards of 20,000 miles a month. Despite the hectic pace, she found time to make several Kenosha appearances, among them the Civic Veterans Parade, separate performances at Carthage College, St. Joseph Catholic Academy, and with the Kenosha Pops Concert Band. Her last Kenosha appearance was at the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting in November.
The fundraiser will benefit The Laura Kaeppeler Foundation, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy.
Tickets are $50 per person or a table of 10 for $500 (table purchase includes a full-page ad in the program book). Call Pete Sinsky at 262-658-4381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. to purchase tickets.
Checks should be made payable to Rotary Foundation of Kenosha West and mailed to:
5301 99th Ave.
Kenosha, Wi 53144
2012: F. Gregory and Barbara Campbell2011: Ronald Stevens2010: Joseph ‘Pepe’ Madrigrano Sr.2009: Howard J. and Betsy Brown2008: John Antaramian