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Video: Robert E Simon Jr - Founder of Reston VA - Candlelight Vigil

Watch the Video Mediavolution Produced with Kat Toussaint of Around Reston Publications


On September 25, 2015, Around Reston hosted a Candlelight Vigil in honor of Robert E. Simon, founder of Reston. Bob Simon quietly passed away in his home on Lake Anne, September 21 at 101 years old.

Over 500 people came to this grassroots vigil to pay their respects for a great man and to share their stories about the influence Bob Simon had on their lives. Many had moved to Reston in the early 1960’s when Reston was formed because it was a community that welcomed diversity. Others who came to the vigil were born and raised in Reston, and were now raising their own families here. Others were relatively new to Reston and had moved here because Bob Simon’s dream of a community where one could Live, Work, Play was a dream they too wanted to live.

There was one consistent theme throughout the evening, and that was one of thankfulness, thankfulness to Bob Simon for his vision in creating A Place Called Reston.

Executive Producer – Kat Toussaint of Around Reston Publications

Video Production and Editing – Chris Paolucci of Mediavolution Visual Strategies LLC

Event Photography – Laurentina Photography

Music – Reston Chorale

Services – Restoration Church



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In 2005, Chris Paolucci launched his first business in New York before relocating operations to the Northern Virginia/ Washington DC Metro Area. Chris has provided a broad array of services across diverse industries including Non-Profits, Education, Medical, and Technology. Included in the clients that have benefitted from Chris’s work are Pearson Education Inc., TLC Laser Eye Centers, Network Solutions, Neustar, Inc., and many more local and national entities. When not building relations with clients, Chris enjoys hiking with his wife, son and dog, bass fishing, rock climbing, hot yoga and snowboarding.