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American Girl announces new characters

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American Girl is proud to announce what's sure to be the most exciting debut in the company's 25-year history: two different historical characters, Cécile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner, sharing one six-book series set in 1850s New Orleans. In conjunction with Cécile and Marie-Grace's debut, American Girl has partnered with world-renowned musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr. and his 13-year-old daughter Kate on an original song "A Lot Like Me", inspired by the new characters' story. The song is available exclusively on iTunes, with all proceeds benefiting the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans.

On Aug. 29, American Girl Denver will host a special Cécile and Marie-Grace Charity Ball where guests will be among the first to celebrate our new historical characters, plus enjoy New Orleans-themed desserts, learn ballroom dance steps, make fun crafts, and more. A portion of the proceeds from the ball also helps support the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. Here are the details:

Cécile and Marie-Grace Charity Ball

American Girl Denver

Aug. 29

5:30 p.m.

For girls ages 8 and up

Tickets: $45 per person

Reservations required, call toll-free 877-247-5223

The new characters officially launch at the store on August 30th with a debut event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. featuring free crafts and giveaways. Given the excitement that always surrounds the introduction of our new characters, I hope you'll consider this news for a calendar mention. Please call me at 608-830-4214 or email me at susan.jevens@americangirl.com with any questions. Thanks in advance for your consideration.

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