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Center Seeks Donated Dresses

RCC collects for annual Diva Central dress drive.

Last year’s Diva Central dress drive at Reston Community Center, which provides local teenage girls with donated, gently used formal dresses. This year’s drive is going on until Feb. 25.

Last year’s Diva Central dress drive at Reston Community Center, which provides local teenage girls with donated, gently used formal dresses. This year’s drive is going on until Feb. 25. Photo Contributed

— The Reston Community Center is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories for students who would otherwise be unable to afford prom attire as part of their annual Diva Central dress drive.

"We’re trying to provide a chance for these girls to have a night to dress up and go out and enjoy themselves," said Kenny Burrowes of the Reston Community Center, who is running the event this year. "This is one of the best events I’ve been a part of, and as far as I know, it’s the only such event in the greater Reston area."

Dresses and accessories will be collected until Feb. 25. Gift cards for local businesses are also donated, giving the girls a chance to have dinner on the night of their formal dance. More than 100 girls are expected to attend the March 10 event, where they will pick their dress and accessories.

"We’ll have personal shoppers on hand to help assist the girls, and even some volunteers that can alter the dresses," Burrowes said. "Last year, more than 100 girls came to the event, and every one walked away with a dress, and we’ll be expecting the same this year."

Dresses are offered to girls at any high school in the area. The center asks that clothes be in good condition, no more than five years old and dry-cleaned.

Donations can be made at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road and the Reston Community Center Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza until Feb. 25.

More information can be found at www.restoncommunitycenter.com.