Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dulles Greenway "Drive for Charity" is Next Thursday

The 7th annual Dulles Greenway Drive for Charity event will be held in one week -- next Thursday, May 17.

During the event, Mix 107.3 morning show host Jack Diamond will be in the toll booths giving away free prizes and customers will also receive discount coupons to go shopping at the Leesburg Outlets.

 The Drive for Charity is initiative where the toll proceeds (100%) on the Dulles Greenway are distributed to local charities and a local scholarship program. The charities will share in the distribution of the Drive for Charity's 1 day gross revenues.

For the last three years Drive for Charity was the busiest day of the year on the roadway. As an incentive to get more people to travel the road, Greenway officials will be handing out discount coupons to go shopping at the Leesburg Outlets.

In addition to the Dulles Greenway Scholarship Program, where the Greenway awards $1,500 to one senior at each of the Loudoun County public high schools, the main beneficiaries of the Greenway’s Drive for Charity efforts are:
  • March of Dimes - The Dulles Greenway has helped the NICU Family Support Project fund a Family Support Specialist at INOVA Fairfax Hospital for Children to oversee activities of the program, as well as support activities in the program (Patient Care Kits, Parent Education Hours and Patient Safety Classes).
  • Every Citizen Has Opportunity (ECHO) - The Dulles Greenway has helped purchase four 12-passenger vans that will provide transportation for people with disabilities to and from work.
  • Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) - The Dulles Greenway has helped provide legal services for victims of domestic violence to obtain protective orders, child support and spousal support so that they may have the opportunity to live free from abuse and violence.
  • Fresh Air/Full Care - The Dulles Greenway has helped low income working parents to pay for the cost of summer camp for their children. This provides the children with a safe and enriching experience through the summer months. The Drive for Charity sent 91 Loudoun County children to summer camp for 5-6 weeks per child. 
  • Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy - The Dulles Greenway has provided 4 scholarships for a two-week Nature camp, expanded their amphibian monitoring efforts and provided 1,000 trees/shrubs which were planted to protect water quality in Loudoun County. 
Last year's charity event raised $236,354.87. Adding that money to the previous 5 years, the Greenway has donated over $1.2 million.

It's simple, the more cars that travel the Greenway next Thursday, May 17, the more money the charities will receive.

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