New Castle News

August 31, 2011

‘Cinderella Project’ provides frocks to girls

Bob McDowell
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — To the many young girls needing something special to wear to their fall formals, Adagio Health is your fairy godmother.

Adagio Health New Castle will partner with Gowns and More, Inc., to offer Lawrence County high school girls an opportunity to obtain no or low-cost formal dresses.

What’s more, medical staff from Adagio will answer questions on a variety of topics any girl may have such as changes in their body or women’s health queries.

The event, known as the “Cinderella Project,” takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at Adagio Health’s New Castle Medical Office, 2 Cascade Galleria Plaza.

Any Lawrence County high school girl that will be attending formal dances in their future is welcome to participate.

Karen Gentile, office manager of the Adagio site, says beautiful dresses given from people in the community and throughout their organization,are ready to go.

“They’re not on display until the day of the event” Gentile notes, adding a wisp of secrecy to the special occasion where any girl can jump for joy.

“We have done this three times already,” Gentile explained. “Over 100 girls have received gowns for homecoming or prom, in our county schools.”

Past events were last October and twice this spring.

“I don’t know how much fun it was for the girls, but it was a lot of fun for us.

“A lot of the girls wouldn’t be able to go to their dance if they weren’t getting their dress for free.

“When it comes right down to it, everybody wants to go to their dance, whether they admit it or not.

“And it’s such a good feeling  when you know you’ve been able to help make it happen.”

Adagio Health is located outside Cascade Galleria, in the Cascade Plaza, near the wine and spirits store.

Adagio is a nonprofit organization primarily offering gynecology and obstetric services, along with STD testing and treatment for both men and women.

It also offers driving license physicals and work physicals.

Another feature is its Healthy Women Program which provides a variety of screenings for women, primarily 40 and up, who don’t have insurance.