RESTON, VA — Reston Community Center is now accepting dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags, shawls and other accessories for students as part of the annual Diva Central Prom Dress Drive. Donations are tax deductible and may be dropped off at either Reston Community Center facility through Saturday, March 26. All donations are appreciated but should be in good condition, no older than 5 years old (circa 2011), and should be dry cleaned before they are donated. If dry cleaning is not possible, please indicate at the time of drop-off. Dress donations will benefit students in Reston and surrounding areas.
Since 2003, Diva Central’s mission has been to promote confidence and self-esteem by providing free prom dresses to area high school girls. Each year, RCC collects gently-used and dry-cleaned dresses at donation sites around Reston, and local sponsors donate gift certificates and other prom-related services to help the students create a truly memorable night.
This year’s prom dress giveaway event is planned for Saturday, April 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at RCC Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza in Reston. All local high school students are invited to attend and “shop” for dresses, shoes and other accessories for free. Registration is not required.
“Prom is becoming an increasingly expensive experience for high school students. We hope to lessen that financial burden by giving local teens the opportunity to create their entire prom look for free,” said RCC Leisure and Learning Director, Eileen Boone. “We always receive beautiful dress and accessory donations from the community; it feels good to know that these items will become a part of a cherished high school experience for so many young ladies in the Reston area.”
For further information, or to become involved as a volunteer or sponsor, please contact Joe Brown, Teen and Family Program Assistant, at 703-390-6179 or Joseph.Brown@fairfaxcounty.gov.