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Long & Foster sales offices are selected as designated collection sites for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Donations can be dropped off at the neighborhood Long & Foster office through Dec. 15, to be distributed to local churches, social welfare agencies and needy children throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The Herndon and Reston offices are located at 150 Elden St., Herndon, 703-904-3700 and 1831 Wiehle Ave. Reston, 703-437-8881. Visit

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill donates 15 percent of all store sales on Dec. 15 to the National Capital Area Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Proceeds fund research, patient services, educational programs and advocacy. The Baja Fresh in Herndon is located at 2405 Centreville Road, 703-793-0878. Reston location is at 11690 Plaza America Drive, 703-689-0993. Stores open at 11 a.m.

Two locally owned Herndon General Nutrition Centers, Fox Mill, 703-860-1993, and Franklin Farm 703-471-4235, are sponsoring a children’s vitamin drive to benefit the Herndon Free Clinic. Owner Grace Wolf will match every box of regularly priced children’s multivitamins purchased for donation to the Herndon Free Clinic with another box. Shoppers can leave their business card marked "Herndon Free Clinic" or a note with their purchase and GNC will deliver all donated and purchased vitamins to the Herndon Free Clinic. Both store locations are also accepting small cash donations to purchase additional children's' vitamins at cost for the Herndon Free Clinic. Shoppers can make their purchases and donations through Dec. 23 at both Herndon GNC locations. Call Grace Wolf at 703-860-1993 or Mary Jane Jobe at 571-261-5262.

The Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce presented its "Best of Herndon Dulles" award for November to Kevin K. Lemmon of Symantec Corporation. Lemmon is director of East and TELCO Systems Engineering, a division of Symantec located in Herndon. During the past year, Lemmon and the employees of his division raised money for and donated many hours of service to several organizations and causes, among them the Herndon Free Clinic.

Pat Williams, founder of GraceFul Care, received the Community Trustee Individual Award at the 2005 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards Gala hosted by Leadership Fairfax Inc., Nov. 4, Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. LFI recognized Williams for launching the Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Committee whose mission is to bridge the worlds of mainstream and Hispanic businesses and to provide support to Hispanic entrepreneurs in start-up mode. LFI presents the Community Trustee Individual Award to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the Northern Virginia Community.

Booz Allen Hamilton names 11 new vice presidents, two of whom, Jack D. Welsh Jr. and Abe Zwany, are based in the firm's Herndon office. The other nine newly named vice presidents are Michael Farber, Margo Fitzpatrick, Trish Goforth, Janet Lyman, Angie Messer, Robin Portman, Bob Post, Gale Smith and Tony Mitchell.