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A Dream of Being an American Girl

Even though auditions are over, the Queen of Martyrs Altar & Rosary Society said it looks forward to the upcoming American Girl Fashion Show in November, which will raise funds for the school to purchase textbooks.

Addie, Julie, Kit, Rebecca and Molly. If these names don't sound familiar, you may not have a young girl in your life. These are names of American Girl dolls who were named after historical characters. American Girl is partnering with nonprofit organizations to present fashion show events to raise funds for children's charities. One of those charities is the Evergreen Park-based Altar and Rosary Society, which is raising funds to purchase textbooks. Last year, the same show raised enough funds for science books.

Organizer of the show Kristin Maples is happy to be involved in the fundraising fashion show for the second year. " It really is our pleasure to host the . Although it's quite an undertaking with many, many details to tend to, it is such a rewarding endeavor. The girls are thrilled to participate and the families just love to see their American girls having such a great time. All that while supporting a good cause", said Maples. 

About 100 girls auditioned for the fashion show at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park and at Queen of Martyrs School. The 90 local models who made the cut will present the fashions, while lively commentary, music and decorations will create a memorable experience for girls and their families.

Audiences will delight in historical clothing, from daywear to sleepwear to special occasion clothing that resembles what the popular American Girl characters Kaya, Josefina, Addy, Rebecca, Kit, Molly and Julie might have worn. Contemporary " My American Girl" outfits  for older girls and sweet Bitty Baby fashions for the little ones complete the program.

The Queen of Martyrs Alter & Rosary Society invites girls and their families and friends to experience the American Girl Fashion Show on Nov. 5 and 6 at 11:00 a.m. at The Beverly Country Club, located at the intersection of 87th Street and Western Avenue. The event also includes lunch, refreshments, party favors, a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $45.00 per person and can be ordered by visiting Queen of Martyr's ticket website or by calling 312-339-5640. Raffle tickets are also available. 

"American Girl furnishes close to $2,000 in raffle prizes such as doll packages, furniture and more," said Maples. 

The organizers want to emphasize this is not just a lunch and bring your doll, it is an American Girl fashion show that helps raise funds for charity.

Maples sums it up, " The American Girl Fashion Show is such a great way to let each and every little girl have the opportunity to be the center of attention. This program is ideal because it focuses on real girls, as they are in real life. It's not a pageant or a contest; there's no make-up or extravagant costumes. It's a show that spotlights young girls as they should be at this age."

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