ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- Thursday is the 8th Annual Dulles Greenway Drive for Charity. All proceeds from the Dulles Greenway tolls on Thursday go to several charities and organizations, including:
• March of Dimes
• Every Citizen Has Opportunity (ECHO)
• Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter (LAWS)
• Fresh Air/Full Care
• Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy
and of course, the Dulles Greenway Scholarship Program, which awards $1,500 to one senior at each of the Loudoun County public high schools.
Nicole Acosta from the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter told us, "It provides child abuse services and sexual assault abuse services to women of Loudoun County. In addition to shelter, we provide a lot more at our community services center in downtown Leesburg. There, we provide counseling, legal services, advocacy, support groups, parenting classes to over 1,000 victims every year."
Thursday means a lot to the organization. Acosta said, "We're very excited every year for the Drive for Charity because it allows to us provide all of the services I mentioned completely free of charge to every victim who comes to us."
She added, "We provide services to men, women, and children -- anybody who is a victim of domestic or sexual abuse or child abuse can come to our offices for help."
The program has existed for about five years. "The money goes to support our direct program. In addition to supporting our shelter operations, it also helps to support our legal services, our counseling services and to help us continually provide support groups throughout the year to victims who need to meet with other victims to get support from one another," explained Acosta.
Acosta said "throughout the year we've received over $250,000" from the Drive for Charity.
Greenway customers will also receive 25% to 60% coupons for the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets and $2 off coupon for Dulles 28 Auto Wash in the cash lanes at the Mainline toll plaza.
The Dulles Greenway is a privately owned 14-mile toll road that connects Dulles International Airport with Leesburg.