May 8, 2012

Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler Makes Her Debut at the Kentucky Derby and Advocates for Children of Incarcerated Parents in Louisville

Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler stepped into the celebrity spotlight while she was in Louisville to participate in many of the star-studded Kentucky Derby events dressed in her Joseph Ribkoff wardrobe this weekend.  Laura was in town to raise awareness of her platform issue of helping children with incarcerated parents with Operation Open Arms

Laura had the opportunity to participate in several pre-Derby events including The Great Steamboat Race, where she rode on the Belle of Louisville, Celebrity Day at Churchill Downs, the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade where she rode on a float and served as a parade float judge, and attended the Kentucky Oaks "Pink Out" event.
On Saturday, Laura attended the 138th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. She walked the Red Carpet before entering with a host of other celebrities including Miranda Lambert, Cyndi Lauper, Mary J. Blige, Kellan Lutz, Debra Messing, Bill Belichick, and more. That night, Laura served as Honorary Chair of the Silks in the Bluegrass, a gala fundraiser for Operation Open Arms, a Louisville-based non-profit charity that helps children with incarcerated parents find stable, loving homes. At the event, she addressed her experiences as the child of an incarcerated parent, and why she chose the issue as her platform during her year as Miss America.
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