Thursday, September 17, 2015

Halloween Costume Drive to Benefit Alternative House

From our friends at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner...

New & Gently Used Children’s Costumes Sought Through October 16

Stephanie Snapkoski, proprietor of Steph Snaps Photos announced today a Halloween costume drive, live now through October 16. The purpose of the drive is to secure costume donations for local families, as well as cash donations to help purchase additional costumes with size requirements that have not been fulfilled. With a passion for photography and Halloween, every year beginning on October 1st, the holiday celebration begins for Stephanie and her three year old son. The pair pick a daily adventure and dress in costume for the occasion. This year, while preparing and talking about costumes ideas, the three year old asked if every child dresses up each day. This prompted a conversation about how fortunate they were and the idea for a costume drive was born!

The collected costumes and funds will benefit a few area shelters with the largest donation going to the children of the Alternative House. The Alternative House’s vision is of a community in which all young people are safe, live in a nurturing environment and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Stephanie works full time as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Hilton McLean Tysons Corner (7920 Jones Branch Drive). In sharing her idea with General Manager Brian Kelleher, he immediately rallied the hotel to support this effort. “Our Hotel is committed to not just fulfilling the business needs of our community, but integrating ourselves with our community. Some holidays are better supported than others and I saw this as an opportunity to support a holiday that is so cherished by our youth, but may be overlooked.”

New or gently used costumes of any size can be dropped off at Hilton McLean Tysons Corner any day from 8 AM - 10 PM. The hotel will offer its on-site laundry services to prepare all costumes for delivery to Alternative House the week of October 19, prior to the organization’s scheduled Halloween programming. To learn more or to donate to the cause visit

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner is located in the Northern Virginia Technology corridor close to many major corporate headquarters. The hotel is located only 11 miles from Washington, D.C., 14 miles from Ronald Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. Guests can enjoy easy access to Silver Line Metrorail, major highways, businesses, historic sites and downtown Washington, D.C. In addition, visitors to the hotel are close to world-class shopping malls and restaurants just a short walk or complimentary shuttle away.

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