Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) October 03, 2012
Dress for Success and Miss America are teaming up to change women’s lives. On October 4th, 2012, pageant queen Laura Kaeppeler will bring her experience and inspirational story to Dress for Success Pittsburgh. The organization gives struggling women the tools they need to rise above their hardships and achieve their professional dreams. Kaeppeler holds a special place in her heart for women working to overcome their economic and social disadvantages because she was once one of these women herself.
“Laura Kaeppeler is more than the reigning Miss America title holder,” says Michael Glass, CEO for Dress for Success Pittsburgh. “She's a true success story and someone who understands the challenges many women face when trying to establish economic independence and achieve their dreams.”
That's because the 24-year-old was once the daughter of a prison inmate. Her father's 18-month incarceration has been something Kaeppeler has always been open about. Instead of letting economic hardships and social stigma hold her back, the little girl from Kenosha, Wisconsin fought hard to make her dreams a reality. Now she'd like to help other women do the same.
It's a goal Kaeppeler shares with Dress for Success Pittsburgh. The organization, which was founded in New York City in 1996 and opened its Pittsburgh chapter in 2005, works to improve the lives of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire, job training and a network of support. With these tools in hand, women are able to open the door to a better life for themselves and their families.
Kaeppeler's visit to the non-profit will include meetings with clients, volunteers, local dignitaries and sponsors, a photo-shoot and a meet and greet where she'll talk to women whose lives have been changed through their experiences with Dress for Success Pittsburgh. She'll also be available to meet the public, sign autographs and deliver an inspirational speech about her own thoughts and experiences.
“Your past does not define you,” says Glass, “and Laura Kaeppeler is proof of that fact. Her story is sure to inspire the Dress for Success team and the women we work with. And I have no doubt that when she meets these women and hears their stories, they'll inspire her right back.”
To learn more about Dress for Success Pittsburgh or to donate or volunteer, visit http://www.dressforsuccesspgh.org or email pittsburgh(at)dressforsuccess(dot)org. Members of the media are welcome to attend the media reception from 4:30-5:30 in the Duquesne Room at Rivers Club.