Aspen woman wins humanitarian award
November 10, 2006
Susie Krabacher, founder and president of the Mercy and Sharing Foundation and a longtime Aspen resident, this week received a UNICEF-World of Children Foundation Humanitarian Award in recognition of her work on behalf of the children of the troubled Caribbean nation of Haiti.The award, one of three, was scheduled to be given at a special ceremony at the UNICEF House in New York City Nov. 9. The other two went to Jane Aronson, M.D., founder of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, and David Lynch, founder of Responsibility, Inc., which works with impoverished children in Mexico.According to a release from the WOC, the Humanitarian Awards come with one $50,000 grant and two grants for $2,000. It was not clear which award went to Krabacher.Krabacher, a former Playboy Playmate who currently sells antiques and is married to Aspen attorney Joe Krabacher, founded her organization in 1994, with her husband’s help, after the two of them traveled for a month through Haiti, known as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.The organization has now grown to a string of orphanages, schools, health clinics and a library, which serve more than 3,000 children, according to MSF statements.Krabacher, a blond with fair skin who reportedly spends half of her time in Haiti, is said to be known there as “Mama Blanche.”A “homecoming reception” is said to be planned for Krabacher’s return to Aspen, but details are not yet available.