Dranesville, Beltsville, all around the town/Boys and girls in groupsies/Keep passing hats around . . . .
Children's gets the bucksies/And Levey gets to say/Big thanks to all group donors/May you have a pleasant day . . . .
Stick to columnizing?
I guess I'd better -- especially since our annual fund-raising campaign on behalf of Children's Hospital is in the home stretch. And if group gifts keep pouring in the way they have, the finish-line news may be very good, indeed.
These are the latest groups to have sent checks (and to have inspired Levey the Hamhanded Poet):
The Washington office of Laventhol & Horwath ($2,355, more than a third better than this bunch did a year ago).
Progressive Council No. 9, Daughters of America ($10).
Sagasp Enterprises, Falls Church ($10).
Employees of Cerberonics Inc., Baileys Crossroads ($642 in lieu of exchanging Christmas cards).
Employees of Howard Needles Tammen & Bergendoff, Alexandria ($20.22).
Employees, customers and owners, Mike Moran's Auto Shop, Vienna ($103).
Liff's Market, Southeast ($150).
The staff, Francis T. Evans Elementary School, Clinton ($70).
Department of Pharmacology, George Washington University ($75).
French International School Primary Classes ($200.97, for which special thanks go to Olivier Forget, Philip O'Sullivan and Monboladji Agueh).
Participants in Ethel Huffman's piano marathon ($229).
The staff, Office of Single Family Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development ($950).
D.C. Scott-ites ($20).
Transportation Division, Association of American Railroads ($80).
Members and staff, Sterling Fire Department ($40).
Washington, D.C., Alumnae Chapter, Gamma Phi Beta ($95.06).
Model 204 programmers, Georgetown University Hospital ($25).
Lowry Welding Services, Clinton ($25).
Command Post Crew, AT&T, the Pentagon ($395).
Student Government Association, Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Center, Beltsville ($133.59).
Belvoir Duplicate Bridge Club ($12).
General Services Department, Sovran Bank/Maryland ($215 instead of exchanging gifts).
Lou-Bon Gems and Rocks, Baileys Crossroads ($100).
Friends at U.S. Department of Transportation, P-34 and 36 ($25 gathered at a New Year's lunch).
The coffee fund, NASA Headquarters Financial Management Division ($200).
Infinite Color, Alexandria ($250).
Engine Company 16, Truck Company 3 and Battalion Fire Chief 6, D.C. Fire Department ($200).
CACI, Inc.-Federal, Arlington ($447 instead of exchanging gag gifts).
The employees, Metro Truck Leasing Inc., Beltsville ($150 in honor of owners Joe and Linda Aluise).
Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Colonel Young No. 3 ($100).
Bond Office Services Inc., Woodbridge ($100).
Boy Scout Den 1, Pack 878, Great Falls ($52).
Virginia Data Processing Unit, VaARNG ($100).
The Unisys staff, Patuxent River ($185).
The faculty and staff, Marymount Junior School, Marymount University ($100).
Paulette Morant's Spanish I students, Osbourn High School, Manassas ($16.40).
Coldwell Banker Falls Church residential real estate office ($25).
Dee Lighter's Diet Center in Bowie and its dieters ($100).
Network Administration, NORVA II SCC and RCMAC, C&P Telephone, Arlington ($150).
The Second Tuesday of the Month Bridge Group ($30, with special thanks to Re Bartel).
Staff and clients of Hodge, Slater & Associates, P.C., Gaithersburg ($250).
The Deep-Sea 20 ($300).
The membership, Washington Suburban Master Plumbers Association ($250).
Customers and management, Park Mart, College Park ($263).
Caffeine addicts at Home Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Arlington District ($15).
Museum assistants, The Phillips Collection ($50).
L. Barrett Contracting Co. Inc. ($500).
Employees, R.F. Weston Technical Support Team, Department of Energy ($299).
Office of General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission ($221).
Free State Post No. 8950 Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Lanham ($150).
Foster Associates Inc. ($363).
Pennywise Thrift Shop, St. Barnabas Church, Temple Hills ($100).
The employees, Pioneer Press, Rockville ($120 in honor of the boss, Domenic DiBiase).
Staff and friends of Hoffman, Wasson & Fallow, Arlington ($4,588 raised at the annual Christmas party. The donation marks the 17th consecutive year that this festive gang has contributed big dough to help sick kids. Great show -- and special thanks, as always, to Marty Hoffman).
The Maintenance Shop, Arlington County Traffic Engineering ($28).
Employees of the Clinton Branch, Sovran Bank/Maryland ($51).
Staff and friends of the Office of Executive Personnel, Office of Personnel Management ($260 raised at a white elephant auction).
Mrs. Roach's third graders, Haycock Elementary, Falls Church ($63.03).
The Crystal City office of NKF-Sesco ($30.50 by raffling off a chocolate house).
Air Force Retired Officers Wives Bridge Club ($72).
The staff, Giant Food Store No. 176, Herndon ($105).
Potomac Power Cleaning, Frederick ($50).
Defense Security Assistance Agency ($325).
The Foreign Language Department, Georgetown Day High School ($25).
MotorSports Monthly, Waldorf ($25).
The employees, National Advanced Systems, Lanham Facility ($345).
"The ladies" of Barbara Seiger's Jafra class, Upper Marlboro ($35).
The office staff, Neurological Medicine, P.A., Greenbelt ($764).
Silver Spring office, Paine Webber ($125).
Employees, Fairchild Industries, Germantown ($25).
Shayna Schuman's customers, Randolph Medical Center Pharmacy Drug Shoppe, Rockville ($80).
Data Cable Installation Service, Rockville ($100).
Management & Organization Division, U.S. Secret Service ($132.50 in memory of Alice Kelley and Ernst Kirch).
The headquarters staff, Appalachian Trail Conference, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. ($63).
Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. Vliet's sixth graders, Westlawn Elementary School, Falls Church ($74).
Warm thanks to each of you.
TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAMPAIGN:
Make a check or money order payable to Children's Hospital and mail it to Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 20071.