For more than 16 years, Bob Levey has written a column about the humane side of this city. He sponsors contests and fund-raisers, lists high school reunions and recounts his phone conversations with faithful readers.
In addition, if you have questions for him, or comments on his columns, you may send him e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each year "Bob Levey's Washington" is home to two major fund-raising campaigns: the Send a Kid to Camp Campaign and the Children's Hospital Campaign. In addition, Levey's love of language inspired the monthly neologism contest.
Bob also hosts "Levey's List," a service that helps place large items that are old but still serviceable with underprivileged people. The service handles kitchen appliances, furniture, cars and other large items. No clothes, sports equipment or anything that one person can lift are accepted. To give away or obtain items, call 202-334-7662.
Last year, Levey surpassed his goal of $435,000, raising $465,625.02. The money is sending about 1,000 children from the District, Maryland and Virginia to a week at camp Moss Hollow in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The campers ages 7 to 14, half boys, half girls could not afford the cost of camp on their own. Most are are foster children, adopted children or psychologically troubled children.
"What appeals to people year after year, I believe, is the philosophy of the hospital itself," Levey said. "This is not a niche or a boutique institution. Throughout its 125 years of existence, Children's Hospital has treated children from every part of town and every walk of life. Race doesn't matter. Neither does sex, religion, nationality or Zip code. Neither does ability to pay," Levey wrote during the 1995-'96 campaign.
The annual fund-raiser has generated $7 million since Levey has been at the helm and $9 million since its inception. The last campaign, conducted Nov. 25 through Jan. 17, raised more than $572,000.
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