Growing Up American Girl – Piper’s Story

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Piper Zatechka (daughter of League Sustaining Member Jennifer Zatechka) has fond memories of being in the Junior League of Omaha American Girl Fashion Show. For five years, Piper’s family has watched her walk the runway in genuine American Girl clothing while carrying a matching doll from the American Girl collection. In her own words, Piper talks about how much fun she has and how the show helped her build confidence.

 

“American Girl celebrates a girl’s inner star, encouraging her to stand tall, reach high and dream big,” says committee co-chair Alysia Radicia. “During each of eight shows, attendees enjoy learning how clothing for young women has changed over the years to reflect history, culture and girls’ individual styles.”

The show, now in its 24th year, supports the Junior League of Omaha’s child-minded community projects and celebrates the experience of being a girl, yesterday and today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Model registration for the 2016 shows is available now through February 1.
Registering online is easy.

Available Shows
Friday, March 4:  7 p.m.
Saturday, March 5:  10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 6:  10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Each show runs two hours.

Venue
Field Club of Omaha
3615 Woolworth Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska

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Growing Up A JLO American Girl

Every spring, hundreds of excited girls take the stage for the Junior League of Omaha’s American Girl Fashion Show at Happy Hollow Country Club. The League’s biggest fundraiser of the year has become an annual tradition for many area families and for the Medlocks, it’s been a part of their spring for eight years. Sustainer advisor Anne Medlock’s watched her daughter, 11 year old Gwyneth, a fifth grader at St. Vincent De Paul, transform from a little girl to a young woman during that time. The 2014 shows marked Gwyneth’s last appearance as a model.

“It will be a memory I will have forever,” says Anne. “We look forward to it every year. The past three years have been even more special as Gwyneth’s been able to help backstage and has seen the importance of helping our community.”

Gwyneth Medlock

Gwyneth says her favorite part of participating in the show is enjoying her special moment on stage, when she is by herself modeling the American Girl clothes. She knows she’s not alone. “The girls like dressing like their dolls, she says. “They get a feeling of accomplishment and a gain in confidence when they’re done.”

This year, Gwyneth will no longer be showing off her favorite Josefina historical costume, but you can guarantee the Medlocks will still be in attendance. Gwyneth admits she’ll be slightly sad, but also knows there’s a lot to look forward to. “I’ll be really excited to help the girls next year practice their stage moves,” she says.  Her mom has even bigger plans for her. “It will be emotional not to have her modeling anymore,” Anne says. “But I am excited Gwyneth can do more backstage and I am preparing her to be a commentator someday.”

 

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Why did you join the Junior League?

My mother-in-law Liz told me I’d meet my best friends in Junior League.  I’m quite certain she was right!

Tell us about your family?

Husband, Andy.  Daughters – Katherine (13), Mallory (4), Eleanor (2)

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Pets: Jake, a Golden Retriever

Hometown: Pilger, Nebraska

College:  University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Sorority: Alpha Chi Omega

Job/Business:  Co-owner of The Market Basket

What was your favorite placement and why?

American Girl!  Working on a large committee allows  you to meet a diverse group of women.  An American Girl placement also allows you to spread the word of JLO to the greater Omaha community since attendees to the Show are primarily non-League members.

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