This past August I was lucky enough to be picked out of 482 girls as a model for the second annual American Girl Fashion Show. It takes place during four different shows that happen Nov. 5–6 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge.
The Fashion Show raises money for the Emily Center at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Emily Center is a place inside the hospital full of computers, books and movies for sick kids and their families to learn about their illnesses. The Emily Center reports, they provide resources to over 84,000 families each year. They also have fun books and movies for the kids.
Since American Girl began in 1986, they have been devoted to helping girls connect and reach their full potential.
“We found that the American Girl Fashion Show was the perfect event to partner with Phoenix Children’s Hospital as we have so many patients that adore the brand and have their own doll that brings joy to their life,” comments Alyssa Snow, Special Events Coordinator at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The goal for the fundraiser this year is $50,000. As an American Girl model, we are challenged to raise at least $100 by making bracelets, creating lemonade stands, walking dogs...all sorts of fun stuff. I made friendship bracelets and sold them for $5 apiece to raise my $100. It was a really fun way to do something nice.
The American Girl website states that the American Girl Fashion Shows have raised nearly $32 million for worthwhile causes nationwide. To host the American Girl Fashion Show, Phoenix Children’s Hospital works closely with American Girl Headquarters. It has not yet been determined if there will be another show next year, but the organizers hope to have one. If you are interested in participating in the Fashion Show next year, check the website beginning in August to see if Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be hosting it again.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the American Girl Fashion show or donating to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Emily Center, please go to www. phoenixchildrenshospitalfoundation.org. Purchase of tickets and donations are tax deductible.