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  • Bob hosts Levey Live every Tuesday afternoon.
  •   Bob Levey's Washington
    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.

    We're pleased to offer you the opportunity to join a live Web discussion with Levey Tuesdays at noon and Fridays at 1 p.m., EST. You can also read his recent columns.

    Contact Bob Levey
    Bob Levey Phone: (202) 334-7276
    Fax: (202) 334-5150
    e-mail: leveyb@

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    1150 15th Street, N.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20071

    You can also review some of his personal favorites. Levey has selected 10 of his favorite columns from 1996 and 1997 and offers them exclusively now to readers. He'll be adding to this archive as time goes on.

    In addition, if you have questions for him, or comments on his columns, you may send him e-mail at

    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.

    The Washington Post's Send a Kid to Camp program has been helping to give wholesome summers to underprivileged Washington-area children for 50 years. Levey's column has championed the cause for 16 years, raising about $4 million.

    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.

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    Children's Hospital Campaign
    For the past 47 years, The Washington Post has conducted an annual campaign to raise funds for Children's Hospital. Levey has championed the cause in his column for the last 16 years.

    "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.

    Neologism Contest
    Only the clever and inspired need apply to Levey's monthly neologism contest, where the competition is fierce. Contestants create a new word that describes some aspect of the modern condition. Winners get lunch with the columnist at the restaurant of their choice. Check out the contest and last month's winner. Enter the contest yourself via e-mail.

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