The fourth Pullip and Dal Doll Lovers Event, held on June 11, 2011, was enjoyed by 60 attendees who travelled from 10 states and Canada. The event theme, cranes, was inspired by sandhill cranes at the charity organization, the Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Custom dolls and other donated items were raffled off to raise $500 for the Center.
The weekend started Friday with dinner at Mitsuwa Japanese Mall and a tea party at the hotel. Saturday events included an organized buy-sell-trade, group photos, door prizes for everyone thanks to generous donations from sponsors, gift swap, customizing workshop, customized doll contest, and dress-like-your-doll parade.
The top customization prize was won by Liz H. for the OOAK Pullip doll she donated to the raffle. The costume contest was won by Amanda E. dressed as Pullip Clara. Krista F. won the original doll outfit first prize for the very detailed ensemble made for her custom Luna Lovegood Pullip.
Raffle dolls were created by Myufish, RequiemArt, Day Dreamer Dolly, Blair and Delightfulfreak, Mioshu, and Jane Easterly.
Many fans continued the fun in the hotel restaurant and lobby until the wee hours. Eleven fans visited the Willowbrook Wildlife Center on Sunday and received a fascinating and educational behind-the-scenes tour.
The 2011 event received a lot of wonderful coverage in doll magazines. The following article appeared in the November 2011 Dolls Magazine:
An article on the event and photos from the photo/art contest appeared in the November 2011 Doll Collector Magazine. (You can view the entries and winners online in the 2011 Photo and Art Contest Gallery.)
And the Winter 2011 Fashion Doll Quarterly Magazine had a long article complete with sponsor names:
Sponsors included Jun Planning USA, PullipStyle, eTraders Place, Gigi’s Dolls and Sherry’s Teddy Bears, the Doll Peddlar, the Sleeping Elf, Denise’s Dolls, RubyRedGalleria, KerriaRosette, the Mimi Collection, and etsy sellers EffieDalShop, Keely’s Cute Kimono, sewgrandmacathy, Day Dreamer Dolly, Quaint Quintessence, blythesocdcloset, gotta have it crafts, WellerMade, Aint That Cunnin, Dolly Dreadful, Jackiekie, and Louise Caroline.