- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2008

Students from across the region danced the night away at the historic Willard Intercontinental Washington hotel on Saturday during the Cinderella Ball, held for middle-school and high-school students with disabilities. More than 125 students attended the third annual event, sponsored by the House Inc., a Woodbridge, Va.-based nonprofit. The group provides after-school and weekend leadership programs for Northern Virginia fourth- through 12th-graders with such mental and physical disabilities as autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

Special guests this year included Ruben Studdard, the 2003 “American Idol” winner, who performed for the students and their families.

The group collected ball gowns and accessories for the young women. Military volunteers shined the shoes of the young men who attended.

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