American Girl

Shasha Alejo, Victoria del Valle, and Katherine Simone at the doll hair styling booth at the American Girl Fashion Show fundraiser hosted this month by the Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The three-day event drew 1200 guests. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Durkin / March 28, 2012)

About 1200 guests turned out for the Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital's annual benefit, the American Girl Fashion Show this month. Lisa Simone and Juliet Cullen chaired the three-day event at the Glendale Hilton.

Fifty-four girls modeled historic and contemporary outfits for audiences of girls, their families, friends, and favorite dolls. Rose Queen Drew Washington and Rose Princess Kimberly Ostiller narrated the performances.

All proceeds from the American Girl Fashion Show benefit Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the premiere pediatric care and research facility in the western United States.

Founded in 1901, the hospital is a source of hope and help for nearly 200,000 seriously ill, disabled, and injured children each year.

As speakers with firsthand experience testified at the performances, the hospital's environment is one of love and compassion.

-- Carol Cormaci, Times Community News