Easter Seals Children’s Development Center presents The American Girl Fashion Show®

Program features styles past and present for American girls and their dolls; program celebrates honorary ‘American Girl’ Ambassador Sydney Wise

From press release

Easter Seals Children’s Development Center invites girls and their mothers, grandmothers, and other relatives and friends to celebrate the spirit of American girlhood at the American Girl Fashion Show on Nov. 3 (6:30 p.m.), 4 (10 a.m. and 3 p.m.), and 5 (2 p.m.), 2006 at the Hawks View Banquet Facility.

The fun, engaging program showcases the styles of girls yesterday and today—with historical and contemporary fashions from American Girl®, as well as adorable Bitty Baby® outfits for younger girls. Proceeds from the show will benefit Easter Seals Children’s Development programs that serve children with disabilities and special needs and their families.

At the Fashion Shows, Easter Seals will honor this year’s American Girl local Ambassador Sydney Wise. Sydney is 9 years old and has received almost every service Easter Seals Children’s Development Service offers. She has benefited from physical therapy, occupational therapy, developmental therapy, and speech therapy. Sydney’s first vocalizations came when her speech pathologist bounced her on a therapy ball. Having spastic quadriplegia (CP), her aqua-therapy sessions allow her to have free movement, which she is not able to experience in her wheelchair.

Sydney’s favorite pastimes are listening to music, watching Disney movies, and spending time with her cats. She enjoys being with friends at school and loves spending time with her family. Sydney has a magical personality that draws people to her, and she makes friends wherever she goes, which makes her an ideal Honorary Ambassador and American Girl.

The American Girl Fashion Show itself provides an entertaining and educational look at how generations of American girls have used clothing to express their own unique style and personality. More than 50 local models will present the fashions, while lively commentary and music will help create a memorable experience for girls, their dolls, and special guests. Attendees will see historical fashions—from daywear and sleepwear to special-occasion clothing—just like the popular American Girls characters, Kaya, Felicity, Josefina, Kirsten, Addy, Samantha, Kit, and Molly, might have worn. Other featured fashions include American Girl’s line of fun, contemporary casual wear for older girls and sweet dress-like-you-doll outfits from Bitty Baby.

This year’s event also includes a preview of the American Girl movie about Molly, one of the newest American Girl dolls. The movie will be in the theaters in November 2006. Molly’s life is full of change. It’s 1944, and the world is at war. Her father is far away caring for wounded soldiers. Her mother is busy working for the Red Cross. Molly’s story is full of Victory Gardens and the adjustments she, her family, and the country needed to make during the World War II era.

The event program includes refreshments, party favors, door prizes, along with special souvenirs and chances to win dolls and accessories from the various American Girl brands. The fashion show is not recommended for girls younger than 5. The cost per person is $30, which includes the fashion show, refreshments, party favors, and a tax-deductible contribution. To order tickets, send a check for $30 per attendee to Easter Seals Children’s Development Center Attention Missy Wilson, 650 N. Main St.; Rockford, 61103. Raffle tickets are also available and may be purchased in advance for $2 per ticket. For more information, call 965-6745, ext. 283 or visit www.il-rk.easterseals.com.

Easter Seals’ mission is to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals Children’s Development Center, the Rockford regional office of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago, is the premier provider in northwest Illinois of child care, developmental, therapeutic, and parenting support services. ESCDC assists more than 1,200 families annually in seven counties, and operates out of two locations.

Established as Pleasant Company in 1985 by Pleasant T. Rowland, the American Girl business was acquired by Mattel, Inc., in 1998. The fashion show incorporates American Girl’s historical and contemporary clothing and lifestyle products for girls ages 7 to 12, plus outfits for younger girls from its Bitty Baby line. Since the special events were introduced in 1992, American Girl has partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations like Easter Seals children’s Development Center to raise more than $14 million for children’s causes throughout the United States. Blending learning with entertainment, the American Girl Fashion Show offers a unique, memorable experience for girls and their families and friends.

From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue

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