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by Dave Emke January 20, 2017 at 11:30 am 0

Prom dresses/Reston Town Center

Prom season is quickly approaching, and for many, that means stress.

There’s the stress of finding a date and the stress of planning for the big day, among others. But for some, the stress could be in figuring out how to afford one of the night’s most important features — the dress.

To help alleviate that for as many girls as possible, Reston Community Center is once again rolling out its Diva Central Dress Drive.

Donations of dresses that are less than five years old can be made at Reston Community Center’s Hunters Woods or Lake Anne locations between Jan. 30 and Feb. 28. In addition to dresses, donations of prom accessories — including shoes, jewelry, handbags, scarves and shawls — will also be accepted.

Donated items must be in good condition, and it is requested that dresses be dry-cleaned if possible.

Reston Town Center will also accept donations in its building lobbies beginning next week.

For more information about the drive, contact Ali Clements at [email protected] or 703-390-6177.

Photo via Reston Town Center

by Karen Goff April 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Diva Central/Credit: RCCGet ready for prom season — for free.

Reston Community Center will host its 14th annual Diva Central Prom Dress Giveaway on Saturday, April 23 from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. at RCC Lake Anne (1609-A Washington Plaza).

RCC has been collecting gently used formal items from the community to stock for its annual shopping experience.

Diva Central is open to any current high school student who is in need of a prom dress, shoes, jewelry and other accessories. Everything is FREE. Limit one dress per person.

“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,” says RCC Leisure and Learning Director Eileen Boone. “We always receive beautiful dresses 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.”

This year, with the help of Boston Properties and the generosity of the Reston community, Diva Central has collected several hundred dresses for the giveaway event. In addition to prom dresses in all colors, sizes and styles, volunteers will be on hand to help teens select shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories to complete their prom look.

RCC file photo

by Karen Goff January 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0

Diva Central Shoppers/Credit: RCCAre you cleaning out your closets this winter?

Diva Central, the annual prom dress event at Reston Community Center, can use some of your most fabulous but no longer used items.

RCC is collecting items at RCC Hunters Woods through March 6. The items will be available to high school students to shop for a free prom dress and accessories at the Diva Central Event on April 25.

RCC is collecting the following for Diva Central:

  • Formal Dresses
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Handbags
  • Scarves and Shawls
  • Accessories

Donations are tax deductible and may be dropped off Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

RCC asks that donations are in good condition, no older than five years old (circa 2010), and dry cleaned before they are donated. If dry cleaning is not possible, please inform us at the time of drop off.

Dress donations will benefit students in Reston and surrounding areas.

Photo: Diva Central shoppers/Courtesy RCC

by Karen Goff March 5, 2014 at 4:20 pm 0

Diva Central Shoppers/Credit: RCC

Snow may still be melting, but it is time to think about the prom.

Reston Community Center will be holdings its annual Diva Central prom dress giveaway Saturday, March 8 at RCC-Lake Anne from noon to 6 p.m.

This is the 12th year RCC has hosted Diva Central. The community center spends months collected gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry, shawls and accessories from residents. Area teens can choose their favorites — all for free.

Since 2003, Diva Central’s mission has been to promote confidence and self-esteem by providing free prom dresses to area high school girls, RCC says.  

“Prom is an event that many teens look forward to all year, but it is also an event that can burden families with expenses for formal wear, accessories, a meal, transportation and more,” said RCC Teen Program Director Kenny Burrowes. “Through Diva Central, RCC helps teens look forward to the prom night of their dreams, complete with the perfect dress and accessories, but without those costs.”

Photo of Diva Central shoppers courtesy of Reston Community Center

by Karen Goff January 7, 2014 at 1:30 pm 0

CDiva Central/Credit: RCCleaning out your closets? Reston Community Center may be the place for your old formal wear.

RCC kicked off its 12th annual Diva Central prom dress drive last week. The organization is collecting dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags, shawls and other accessories for students in Reston and nearby.

Since 2003, Diva Central’s mission has been to promote confidence and self-esteem by providing free prom dresses to area high school girls, RCC says. RCC collects gently-used and dry-cleaned dresses and local sponsors donate gift certificates and other prom-related services to help the students create a truly memorable night.

“Prom is an event that many teens look forward to all year, but it is also an event that can burden families with expenses for formal wear, accessories, a meal, transportation and more,” said RCC Teen Program Director Kenny Burrowes. “Through Diva Central, RCC helps teens look forward to the prom night of their dreams, complete with the perfect dress and accessories, but without those costs.”

Donations are tax deductible and may be dropped off daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods facility through Friday, Feb. 7. All donations are appreciated but should be in good condition, no older than five-years-old (circa 2009), and should be dry cleaned before donation.

If dry cleaning is not possible, please indicate at the time of drop-off. Dress donations will benefit students in Fairfax County and other surrounding areas.

This year’s prom dress giveaway will take place on Saturday, March 8, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at RCC Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza in Reston.

Photo of Diva Central shopper courtesy of Reston Community Center

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