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Celebrating Founder Robert Simon's Birthday, Reston's 50th Anniversary

Sunday's concert by the Reston Chorale is just one of the events planned this year.

Robert E. Simon, Jr., founder of Reston, at last year's Best of Reston Awards Gala. Patch archive photo
Robert E. Simon, Jr., founder of Reston, at last year's Best of Reston Awards Gala. Patch archive photo
This landmark year of 2014 will honor two very special events in the history of Reston, according to the Reston Chamber of Commerce. 

The first Reston residents moved into their homes at Lake Anne 50 years ago, and 50 years later, Reston founder Robert E. ("Bob") Simon Jr. is celebrating his 100th birthday in the community he created. 

Reston is celebrating with commemorative “50/100” events throughout the year and various organizations in the community are presenting special tributes and celebrations of all sizes beginning in March.

The highlights are listed below, including a special concert held Sunday by The Reston Chorale, the April 5 Founder’s Day celebrations, a screening of “The Reston Story” documentary film, and the Best of Reston gala, being held on Bob Simon’s April 10 birthday.

All events related to 50/100 in 2014 will be listed on www.RestonCelebrates.org, and all those featured will be open to the public, some with free admission, and some requiring ticket purchase. 

Participating organizations supporting the 50/100 events are Reston Community Center, Reston Association, Reston Historic Trust/Reston Museum, Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, Reston Hospital Center/Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Cornerstones, Reston Town Center, and Myers Public Relations, the host of RestonCelebrates.org. 

In addition to Sunday's concert, other 50/100 event highlights are: 

Founder’s Day – 50/100: Tributes, Performances, Brick Dedication, Birthday Cake 
Saturday, April 5 12 noon – 3 p.m. 
Lake Anne Village Center, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston 
Celebrating the 100th birthday of Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr. and the 50th anniversary of Reston. Free, and all are welcome. 
Presented by Reston Historic Trust www.RestonMuseum.org 

Reston Anniversary Celebration – A Toast to Reston and its Founder 
Saturday, April 5 | 8 p.m. | Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods (RCC) 
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston
Enjoy a special private screening of The Reston Story (Working Title). Following the documentary, a panel discussion featuring the film director Rebekah-Wingert Jabi, Reston founder Robert E. Simon, Jr., and special guests will be held in the Community Room. The evening will conclude with a toast to Simon’s 100th birthday and the 50th anniversary of Reston. Limited tickets available: $50 for Reston residents, and $100 for non-residents at the RCC Center Stage Box Office. Call RCC at 703-476-4500 for more information. 
Presented by Reston Community Center – Hunters Woods; film produced by Storycatcher Productions TheRestonFilm.com 

Best of Reston Gala 
Thursday, April 10 6 p.m. 
Hyatt Regency Reston, 1800 Presidents Street, Reston 
Hundreds will gather to celebrate this year’s Best of Reston honorees, and the 100th birthday of Reston founder, Robert E. Simon, Jr., who is also the honorary chair of the event. Ticket information is available online – advance purchase required. 
Presented by Cornerstones and Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce; http://www.cornerstonesva.org/events_list/best-of-reston/ 

Many more events are listed, and event submission forms and criteria are available at www.RestonCelebrates.org


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