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Miss America to Appear at Taste of the NFL Event at Super Bowl XLVI

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Miss America to Appear at Taste of the NFL Event at Super Bowl XLVI

The Party with a Purpose® is one of the first stops for new crowned Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler
Minneapolis, MN (15-Jan-2012)

Taste of the NFL announces the newly crowned Miss America will appear at its 21st annual Super Bowl event on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Marking one of her first public appearances in her new reign, Miss America Laura Kaeppeler will be onsite at “The Party with a Purpose®” to meet guests, pose for photos and sign autographs. The annual strolling food and wine event brings together chefs and NFL players representing each NFL team for a night of food, football and fun with proceeds benefitting food banks in NFL cities nationwide.

Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the 91st Annual Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. A native of Kenosha, Wisc., Kaeppeler is the first woman representing Wisconsin to win Miss America since 1973. She performed an operatic aria to “Il Bacio” for competition. Kaeppler is a 2010 graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha with a degree in Music and an emphasis in Vocal Performance with plans to pursue a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. In addition to owning a private music studio, she is the founder of “Circles of Support - Mentoring Teens of Incarcerated Parents.”

Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler
"Miss America is always one of the most popular people in the room wherever she goes so we couldn’t be happier that Laura will be in Indianapolis to meet guests at our event and join our mission to kick hunger in America," said Wayne Kostroski, founder of Taste of the NFL Founder. "We are grateful to the Miss America Organization for its support of Taste of the NFL through the years, providing a national platform to discuss the hunger issue and rally others to offer their support.”

Highlights of this year’s “Party with a Purpose” include live entertainment by country star Sara Evans, special guest appearances by National Honorary Chairperson Tony Dungy, Culinary Host Ted Allen of the Food Network’s Chopped and TLC’s Cake Boss stars Mauro Castano and Joey Faugno. There is also a silent auction with unique sports memorabilia, exciting travel opportunities, culinary packages and more.

The 2012 event is made possible through the generosity of Taste of the NFL partners including E & J Gallo, AARP Foundation, Kroger, American Family Insurance and PepsiCo as well as 2012 Hunger Heroes including The Columbia Club, Harlan Family Foundation, Marsh and Monarch. Other supporting sponsors include Macys, Pernod Ricard, Hass Avocado and Gleaner’s Food Bank of Indiana. Media partners include Sirius Radio, The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis Business Journal.

For more information or to get tickets, visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.

ABOUT THE MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION

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. The Miss America Organization provides young women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community-based programs. Additional information about the Miss America Organization can be found at www.MissAmerica.org.

ABOUT TASTE OF THE NFL

The Taste of the NFL (TNFL) is a 501c3 that exists to raise awareness and dollars for hunger relief organizations involved in tackling hunger in America. The Minneapolis-based organization conducts national and local fundraising events throughout the year to raise money to combat hunger issues facing millions of Americans. To date, Taste of the NFL has raised more than $11 million for this critically important cause and is looking forward to its 2012 event on the eve of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.TasteoftheNFL.com.

ABOUT KICK HUNGER CHALLENGE

The Kick Hunger Challenge is an online-only fundraising campaign spearheaded by Taste of the NFL (www.TasteoftheNFL.com) and generously supported by the General Mills Foundation (www.GeneralMills.com/Foundation). This friendly “competition” pits fans from all 32 NFL teams against each other to raise money for food banks in NFL communities nationwide. Throughout the 2011-12 football season, fans will have the opportunity to support one of the 32 NFL teams and directly impact the donation of thousands of meals to food banks in their team’s community.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For high-resolution images from the 2011 Taste of the NFL or images of Miss America, please contact Sarah Peterson at sarah@megaphonepr.com or Laura Mylan at laurajmylan@mac.com.



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