By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2009
Whether watching or participating, young ladies will have a wholesome, memorable time at the American Girl Fashion Show.
The Junior League of Tulsa proudly presents a weekend of tea parties, dolls and fashion shows during the 6th annual American Girl Fashion Show event. From Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, six shows at the Junior League headquarters, 3633 S. Yale, will feature local elementary school girls modeling costumes that precisely replicate the American Girl doll that each will carry.
Tulsa celebrities will emcee the shows. Local high school girls will serve as narrators to describe the dolls and tell the story that comes with each of them – their histories and their cultural cues.
Through these American Girl events, the young ladies learn about the strength girls have had throughout history and the qualities necessary for the work they did, the challenges they endured and the cultural rituals that were a part of their lives.
The girls who model also develop lifelong skills of their own. Kathy Knight, chair of the American Girl Fashion Show, explains that by participating in the shows, the young ladies get an introduction to presenting themselves on stage. They learn to express themselves individually and gain self-confidence and poise. “American Girl provides incredibly wholesome role models for today’s girls,” adds Katherine Haskell, strategic marketing chair. “This is so important at a time when parents are questioning the role models presented in the media.”
The three-day event begins with a patron party on Friday at 7 p.m., featuring a three-course dinner, fashion show, silent auction and surprise guest. Three fashion shows will be presented on Saturday, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and two on Sunday, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each two-hour show includes an elegant tea party, party favors and chances to win door prizes of American Girl merchandise.
New this year is the Doll Hair Salon available for every American Girl doll brought by her owner to the shows. This “Pamper Your Doll” fundraiser allows dolls to receive a new hairstyle, professionally done by stylists from iidentity Salon. This special service is featured at American Girl retail locations in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Boston and Minneapolis.
Tickets for the opening night patron party are $50 per person. General assigned seating for Saturday and Sunday is $30 per person and $35 for premium assigned seating.
The American Girl Fashion Show is a charming way to bring the family together to create special memories. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Tulsa, a nonprofit organization of nearly 1,000 women who are committed to promoting volunteerism and leadership to improve the community.
The purpose of the Junior League is exclusively educational and charitable, with a focus on serving women and children in transition. Their training and community projects include the Children’s Hospital at St. Francis Family Resource Center, the Laura Dester Children’s Shelter, Resonance Women’s Center, Global Gardens and many others.
With the coaching and empowerment of the Junior League, this year’s young fashion show participants could become the community leaders of tomorrow. More information is
available on the Junior League of Tulsa website at www.jltulsa.org or by calling (918) 663-6100.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.