Gabriel Project to show short film

VIENNA – The Gabriel Project of the Mid-Ohio Valley will present an award-winning short film, “Crescendo,” on Feb. 28 from 7-8 p.m. at the Regal Grand Central Mall 12.

According to Paula Schuchts, the chapter coordinator of the Mid-Ohio Valley Gabriel Project, the nonprofit organization was set into place for families and single mothers struggling with the financial needs of a newborn. The project is a means to provide items, including safe cribs, secure car seats, formula, clothing and hygiene items, at a low cost to clients.

The organization’s goal is to provide emotional as well as monetary support to families who might “fall through the cracks” of other programs.

Schuchts said the local chapter handles Wood, Tyler, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, Jackson and Roane counties.

“There’s no criteria (for help),” she said. “(People) don’t have to tell us what kind of money (they) make.”

The chapter has provided about 13,060 services to clients in the last year, Schuchts said. It has given 61 cribs, 83 car seats and 215 cans of baby formula to families in need, she said.

In addition to funds raised by the nonprofit, 18 organizations around the valley help with material and money. Area churches and groups provide the donations on a regular basis, she said.

“You’d be surprised how much money (the organization) can make,” said Schuchts.

The film, “Crescendo,” is based on a true story set in 18th century Germany. The film outlines the events of a young woman’s life who goes through an extraordinary experience, reviews said.

The nonprofit organization is based on the needs of young, single mothers although they do also help families, Schuchts said. The film is meant for the needs of an organization that shines a light on young, often single, mothers-to-be.

The film will be shown in 100 theaters nationwide on the same day. Pattie Mallette, Justin Bieber’s mother, is the film’s executive producer and relates to the struggles of single moms.

“We (she and Justin) both know firsthand the importance of the work being done at the pregnancy centers across the country,” Mallette said in a video on the film’s website.

She has partnered with an organization called movie-to-movement to create the fundraising event.

Schuchts said the idea for showing the film in Vienna was given to her by Khadine Ritter, an attorney in Marietta. She said Ritter has been a generous help through the process of the screening, Schuchts said.

The Gabriel Project of West Virginia was started by a group of women in Wheeling. The women expanded their efforts by launching the Gabriel Project in 1996 and the following year it was incorporated as a nonprofit organization.

The state office was relocated from Wheeling to Charleston in 2010 when more counties, including the Mid-Ohio Valley chapter, signed on, according to the website.

Volunteers interested in helping with the local initiative in Parkersburg can contact Schuchts at 304-424-3457, extension 105 or go to the office at 521 Market St., No. 9.

For more information on the film or how to show a screening in other local areas visit

There is no admission to see the film; however, donations will be collected at the event to benefit the Gabriel Project.