This, directly from Mark & Sharlene Aschauer, of Two Daydreamers, regarding the Madame Alexander unveiling in San Francisco:
Madame Alexander Doll Club
2013 California Premier - Let's Go to the Movies
February 16th - February 17th
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Dear Madame Alexander Doll Collector:
As we're only a few weeks away from the MADC California Premier we wanted to give you an update. When we look at the list of registrants we are excited both to see many old friends and a lot of new names have registered for the San Francisco Premier. Our videos and movies are ready to go, our guest speaker is confirmed, a red carpet has been arranged for all of the stars attending Premier, we'll be showing the 2013 Madame Alexander collection and sending you home with catalogs, we've got some exciting games to play, some fun door prizes, a great raffle and some unexpected surprises lined up. Now we are looking forward to seeing everyone at Lunch on February 16th. The California Premier promises to be a fun party!
Break Out Events - Running Out of Time
In the past, sign-up for break-out events were included on the registration form. This year, there was a delay receiving the cost of both the Cissette souvenir and centerpiece dolls which prevented these two events from being on the main registration form. As you know, sign-ups for the Cissette Event and the afternoon Centerpiece Event were sent out after the MADC office received your event registration. This has caused some confusion and delays. We're worried this may prevent some attendees from being signed up in time for the two breakout events. If you're attending the California Premiere and want to attend either/both the breakout events, complete your registration now. In case you haven't received the form from the MADC office yet, let us know and we'll e-mail it to you. You'll need to mail it back to NYC ASAP. Also, please e-mail us to let us know that you have paid and signed up for one or both events so we can reserve the space, a souvenir and arrange a meal for you.
As indicated in your registration package the fastest way to return your break out event registration is to mail it to Melissa at the new Alexander Doll offices:
112 W 34th Street
New York, New York 10120
Raffle Donations -
There has also been some confusion about donating dolls for the raffle. Yes, you can bring the item with you. If you intend to do this rather than mailing it ahead of time, PLEASE e-mail us the name of the item that you're bringing so we can prepare a donation card mentioning your generosity with the name of the item and guesstimate the space we'll need. Many people have written to say that they're bringing an item but to date nobody has written us what they're bringing. Please e-mail either Sharlene or Mark.
There wasn't any space on the registration form this year to mark if you're interested in volunteering to help at Premier. We still need help with table hostesses, registration, raffle ticket sales, help setting up, etc. Please let us know if you're interested. Sharlene is coordinating this.
Last week we met with the catering service at the hotel and we are confident that everyone will enjoy the wonderful menu. The deserts look terrific. We have also made arrangements to provide vegetarian meals to anyone requesting this option. There is no additional cost for this option. If you are interested in vegetarian meals please let either Sharlene or Mark know and we'll make arrangements prior to the Premier. We can tell you that the vegetarian options from the hotel sound delicious.
Hotel Reservations -
This is really urgent. The last day for making hotel reservations using the club discount and the parking discount is January 25th. The 25th is this Friday!! The easiest way to make your hotel reservations is to call Hilton Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS. The discount is available for the nights of February 15th and February 16th. When making your reservation the operator will need to know that the MADC event is at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront and that the name of our discount coupon is "Madame Alexander Doll Club."
As we have mentioned previously the club rate is $130.00 per night with single or double occupancy and the daily parking rate is $8.00 with in/out privileges. We attended another doll event last weekend near to our hotel and the parking was $20.00 per day and the room rate was almost double our special rate. We hope you will enjoy the Hilton.