Monday, February 4, 2013

American Girl Saige Doll Winner Announced! #Giveaway

American Girl of the year, Saige, and ChiIL Mama's daughter, Sage, 
both creative, artistic 9 year olds!

ChiIL Mama's elated to announce our American Girl Saige doll/book set winner:   Jennifer M!   We'll be sending our winner a private e-mail as well, in case there's any confusion as to which Jennifer M won.
We had an enormous, enthusiastic interest in winning our Saige doll/book set with 7,740 entries!!  Thank to all our readers who entered.   You rock!

Be sure to check back with ChiIL Mama (two ii' L...all fun in Chi, IL and beyond) for lots more nationwide toy, game, & book reveiws and giveaways and free Chicago area show tickets.

We'll also be running many more American Girl features this year, including more author interviews, book reviews, new releases and photo filled features.   

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Check out more of ChiIL Mama's past coverage on Saige, American Girl Doll of The Year 2013, including our book review, and photo filled welcome party feature.

Check out the main American Girl site for videos, free games, amazing historical & contemporary girls, and loads of excellent books.

ChiIL Mama's Saige doll/book giveaway has ended, but we'll be running exciting Saige features all year and there are still sweet giveaways, contests and philanthropy opportunities running at American Girl.   Here at ChiIL Mama we've always been impressed with the ways American Girl gives back to communities, empowers girls, and supports literacy.   This year they're also stepping up to support the arts!

To support Saige’s message of preserving arts programs in U.S. schools, American Girl is sponsoring a school grant contest and partnering with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. American Girl’s “Shine On Now” charitable initiative will provide financial support to the organization's Arts Education Program, which provides arts education professionals with the information, materials, and resources they need to enrich student experiences with the arts.

To further engage girls, American Girl is introducing the following Saige-related initiatives:

  • Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers can enter to win one of thirteen grants totaling $45,000 for their schools’ art programs by submitting a digital image of a hot-air-balloon-themed art project and a written essay that conveys why the arts matter in their schools. Entries must be received via the online form by May 31, 2013.

  • Soar with Saige Sweepstakes: Girls can share their artistic talents by downloading a hot-air balloon template from and creating a colorful design using crayons, markers, or pencils. All balloon artwork sent to American Girl by April 1, 2013, will be uploaded to an online hot-air balloon mosaic and automatically entered to win one of ten prize packages.

  • Saige Learning Guide: American Girl has teamed up with Americans for the Arts to create this free, downloadable curriculum, which encourages children to draw on their imaginations and discover how creative they can be. Students in grades 3 to 6 will enjoy reading Saige’s stories and doing the fun art activities outlined in this curriculum. Activities for parents to engage in with their kids are also available via Americans for the Arts’ website:

  • Saige Retail Events: Girls can take part in Saige-themed events at American Girl retail stores nationwide, including painting demonstrations, free craft activities, photo opportunities, and delicious Saige-inspired meals.

The Saige collection will be available through American Girl’s catalogue, at, and at all American Girl retail locations until December 31, 2013 only. To learn more about the Saige contests and promotions, go to or American Girl’s Facebook page at To request a free American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

About American Girl
American Girl Brands is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel, (NASDAQ:MAT,, the world’s leading toy company. Since American Girl’s inception in 1986, the company has devoted its entire business to celebrating the potential of girls ages 3 to 12. American Girl encourages girls to dream, to grow, to aspire, to create, and to imagine through a wide range of engaging and insightful books, age-appropriate and educational products, and unforgettable experiences. In meeting its mission with a vigilant eye toward quality and service, American Girl has earned the loyal following of millions of girls and the praise and trust of parents and educators. To learn more about American Girl or to request a free catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005, or visit

About Americans for the Arts
For more than 50 years, Americans for the Arts has led the national effort to ensure that every American has an opportunity to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Championing the cause of the arts and arts education in communities across the country, the organization dedicates itself each year to providing programs that help foster an environment in which the arts can thrive and contribute to the creation of more livable communities; generate more resources to support arts and arts education; and build individual appreciation of the value of the arts. From their offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, they proudly serve more than 150,000 members and stakeholders annually. Learn more at or by calling (202) 371-2830.

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