A Ball of A Ball For St. Francis Foundation

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 The decked out crowd heading into the Connecticut Convention Center Saturday night had tourists and others in the area talking…or rather asking , what’s going on?

The occasion was the St. Francis foundation Miracles XXIV Gala, the first gala of the season and it did the city proud.

More than 1,400 people turned out for the black-tie event that this benefits the hospital’s new Comprehensive Women’s Health Center, opening in November.


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Calling it “one of a kind” in this region, Dadlez, temporarily gave up his anchoring the receiving line in order the enthuse about the venture that will offer coordinated heart, gynecological, cancer and wellness care to women,

“It’s one stop shopping,” he explained about the comprehensive care program. “And we know there is absolutely a market for it.”


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And while you might suspect a room full of medical types would mean a lot of chatter about hearts and bones and cures and such, it was a night to put profession aside and instead just have some fun, in some really nice clothes.

And standing out among the fashionably dressed crowd was Dr. Surita Rao, who not only looked great but had a great story to go along with her saree formal wear.


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“It was my mother’s, vintage 60’s,” said the gold-and-white draped Rao, chairman and director of the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Behavioral Health Department. “All five meters of cloth.”

Honorary chairperson for the evening was Dr. Pauline Olsen. Chairing the event were Dr. Mario Cirikovic and Janice England-Cirikovic and Beth Rubino.

For more pictures go here.


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