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Reston to Kickoff 40th Anniversary Celebration with Founders’ Day

Reston Founder Bob Simon to Also Mark 90th Birthday

Reston, VA – The award-winning community of Reston will celebrate its 40th anniversary by holding its first Founders’ Day. This free, family-oriented will take place from noon to 3:00 pm on April 17 at Lake Anne’s Washington Plaza. Founder’s Day will be the launching point for a yearlong series of events commemorating the anniversary. Community groups from all over Reston, representing a wide range of ages and activities, will be performing that afternoon. In addition, Reston founder Bob Simon will be honored both for his vision and for achieving the milestone of 90 years with a birthday gala later that evening. Proceeds from the ticketed gala will benefit the Reston Historic Trust and Friends of Lake Anne.

“Without a doubt, this is one of the most exciting moments in Reston’s history,” said Chuck Veatch, President of Charles A. Veatch Company, Vice President of the Reston Historic Trust and a Founder’s Day planning leader. “What could be better than to begin a new tradition of a Founder’s Day celebration, with the great fortune to have our founder, Bob Simon, there to help kick things off? We have so many exciting events planned, and perhaps even a surprise or two in store.”

Saturday, April 17th, 2004 - Reston Celebrates 40 Years! Kickoff.

Noon-3PM - Founder's Day Celebration
Free Family Event with Live Entertainment (program attached)
Family Event host- Reston Community Center
Open to the public and no admission fee
Washington Plaza, at Lake Anne Village Center
Participants are invited to bring along a chair for personal use. They are also encouraged to dine in any of the wonderful restaurants and cafes at Lake Anne or bring along a picnic.

6:30 - 9PM - Bob Simon's 90th Birthday Party
(Robert E. Simon, Jr. - founder of Reston - RESton)
Benefit Dinner and Champagne Toast
Benefit Dinner sponsors - Terrabrook and Whole Foods
Dinner benefits Reston Historic Trust and Friends of Lake Anne
$90 per person for dinner, champagne toast and Birthday cake.
$25 for champagne toast and Birthday cake, only.
Washington Plaza, at Lake Anne Village Center
Limited seating. Call 703.709.7700 for reservations.

For more information visit the Web site, which has the full schedule of upcoming Reston Celebrate! events for 2004

Reston Historic Trust
The Reston Historic Trust (RHT), a community-based non-profit, was founded in 1996 to sustain the unique history of the award-winning, innovative, planned community of Reston. The RHT serves the dual role of preserving a sense of community and addressing change. Through displays and programs at the Reston Museum, the RHT is using the past to understand the present and plan for the future. The Reston Museum and Shop, located at Reston’s Lake Anne Village Center, is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. and offers kids’ art workshops, walking tours, community exhibits and archives, commemorative bricks, pottery and hand crafts. Call 703-709-7700 or visit

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