RESTON, VA — Reston Community Center is now accepting dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags, shawls and other accessories for its 16th annual Diva Central Dress Drive.
From February 1 – 28, RCC will be collecting gently used formal wear at its Hunters Woods and Lake Anne locations. Donations are tax deductible and may be dropped off Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sundays.
All donations are appreciated, however, ideal donations should be in good condition, no older than five years (circa 2013) and dry cleaned before they are donated. If dry cleaning is not possible, please inform RCC at the time of drop off.
Dress donations will benefit Reston-area middle and high school students, who can outfit themselves for prom and spring dances for free.
Since 2003, Diva Central’s mission has been to promote confidence and self-esteem by providing dresses to area high school students. For the past couple of years, middle school teens have been added to the event so their school dance needs can also be met. Local businesses generously donate gift certificates and other dance-related services to help the students create a truly memorable night.
This year’s dress giveaway event is planned for Saturday, March 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at RCC Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza in Reston. All local middle and high school students are invited to attend and “shop” for dresses, shoes and other accessories for free. Registration is not required.
“School dances are becoming increasingly expensive experiences for middle and high school students. We hope to lessen that financial burden by giving local teens the opportunity to create their entire prom or dance look for free,” said RCC Leisure and Learning Director Eileen Boone. “We always receive beautiful dress and accessory donations from the community. I think people are excited to see new life for a special-occasion dress.”
For further information, or to become involved as a volunteer or business partner, please contact LaTanja Jones, Collaboration and Outreach Director at 703-390-6158 or LaTanja.Jones@fairfaxcounty.gov.