Nancy Freudenthal chairs effort to reduce underage drinking
by Governor Freudenthal's office
February 13, 2009
(Cheyenne) - A vocal advocate for young people who is deeply committed to reducing underage drinking has been named the chair of the "Leadership To Keep Children Alcohol Free" Foundation.
The foundation’s board of directors installed Wyoming First Lady Nancy Freudenthal as its incoming chair at a meeting in Washington D.C. recently. She follows First Lady Emeritus of Idaho Patricia Kempthorne who becomes emeritus chair.
First Lady Freudenthal has been active in the foundation’s efforts to prevent and reduce underage drinking since becoming Wyoming’s First Lady in 2003. In addition to serving as foundation chair, she is one of four co-chairs of the "Current Spouses Initiative" within the organization
In Wyoming, First Lady Freudenthal is a strong voice in the fight to decrease childhood drinking, drawing together law enforcement, community leaders, families and young people.
She founded the statewide "Wyoming First Lady’s Initiative," which educates parents and children about the damaging effects of alcohol on the brains of children when they drink. The effort also encourages youth and families to have open communication about alcohol and to develop healthy relationships. The initiative offers resources to communities that aim to focus on childhood drinking through its Web site, www.wfli.org.
Wyoming’s First Lady also promotes leadership development in the state’s future leaders with grants to youth-led organizations.
The Leadership Foundation is composed of nearly 50 current and former governors’ spouses who are concerned about childhood drinking. Started as an initiative of First Ladies in 2000 by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it matured into its own non-partisan, non-profit organization focused on reaching out to 9 to 15 year old children around the United States.