Madison Resident Wins American Girl Doll as Part Of American Fashion Shows

heather-brookeThe James Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford is pleased to announce that Julia Ciecko, age 8, of Madison is the lucky winner of Rebecca Rubin, the newest American Girl doll! Ms. Ciecko was selected in a door prize drawing from over 200 girls who auditioned to model in the American Girl Fashion shows. The four fashion shows will take place over the weekend of October 17-18, 2009 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale and will benefit the children’s literacy programs of The James Blackstone Memorial Library. Ms. Ciecko was also selected as one of more than 150 girls who will model historical and contemporary fashions in the shows!

Kim Ciecko, Julia’s mom, states, “The American Girl Fashion Show is a spectacular event that celebrates and educates girls living right here in Connecticut. The American Girl stories have nurtured a historical interest in my daughter, Julia, while preserving and empowering such strong young character role models for girls like Julia. We are thrilled that such an event will support the Blackstone Library and its future endeavors to motivate young readers everywhere.”

The American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls, their families, friends and favorite American Girl dolls. The event presents historical and contemporary fashions modeled by local girls carrying American Girl dolls, tea party refreshments, an American Girl Marketplace boutique, a doll hair salon, a raffle, special gifts and prizes. Each show is approximately 2 hours long and all proceeds benefit the children’s programs of The James Blackstone Memorial Library.

Tickets are $40 per person and VIP seating is available for $50 per person. Tables of 10 are also available at a discount. To purchase tickets, visit or call (203) 488-1441 (ext. 325) for more information. Sponsors of the event include Citizens Bank, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, the United Way of Greater New Haven, WTNH News Channel 8, SoundRunner,, Arbones King & Vlock Architects, Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Tricia Bohan Photography, Glow, Giordano Construction, and Jo Bella Salon.

Pictured: Ms. Julia Ciecko (L) receiving her new doll, Rebecca Rubin, from Julie Francis, Board Member of The James Blackstone Memorial Library and Co-Chair of the American Girl Doll Fashion Shows.

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