Cinderella's Closet is the creation of Suzanne O'Connell. She works tirelessly, while living with MS herself, to provide the opportunity for people to feel like Cinderella and Prince Charming - if only for one night. Living with MS (the wicked stepsister) can take away many things in life, but for one night participants can put all of that aside and feel like a Prince or Princess. Participants are able to select a flowing gown or handsome suit, a new hairdo and makeup, shoes with bling, and sparkling jewelry. "Fairy Godmothers" help each person select, try on, and accessorize a beautiful gown or suit.
Our little 'mice' make sure that each outfit is a perfect fit, hemmed, pressed, and ready for the ball. Hair stylists and makeup professionals are onsite so that each participant can be treated to a personal pampering session with a hair stylist for a new hair cut or 'do' and a special makeup professional to help them look their very best for the evening. Everyone is invited to the ball for the fashion parade, presentation of makeovers, socializing, and dancing. At Smith Mountain Lake we will "live like there is NO midnight!"
In preparation for this event, we are asking for donations of formal and semi-formal wear for men, women and children, shoes, bags, costume jewelry, scarves, wraps, men's shirts and ties, and any other items that might make a person feel beautiful or handsome!
Multiple Schlerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or as severe as paralysis and loss of vision. Our participants livings with MS sometimes have to put all of their energy into making it through each day. Many times, feeling beautiful and pampered is just not on their radar. Whether for financial reasons, or because of accessibility issues, the opportunity Cinderella's Closet provides is just not feasible to many people.
This year Cinderella's Closet brings its glamour to the July MS Conference & Retreat hosted by the MSAlliance of Virginia, which is designed to give MS patients and their caregivers a chance to relax and take a break from the stresses of the everyday life of living with MS. Backed by our facilitators and an amazing Holiday Inn Tanglewood staff, participants can rest easy knowing that they will enjoy the hot summer days in an air conditioned environment while they enjoy a fun-filled weekend of activities and relaxation.