"The Tuesday/Thursday 7:30 Group Discussion class at P.G. College" held an end-of-the-semester party the other night. When two bottles of wine were left unopened at the end, they were raffled off and $5 was raised for Children's Hospital.
It's good thing that raffle wasn't held by a group of newspapermen. What reporters fail to drink at a party wouldn't raise 5 cents.
The Jewish Alliance, a new affiliate of National Jewish Civil Service Employees, bent is unseasoned treasury out of shape with a $10 gift to the hospital. After a Second Grade class at Wayside Elementary School in Potomac baked a batch of goodies, the children decided to sell their output instead of eating it. So they held a bake sale that brought in $19, and then sent me the $19 for the hospital.
The Greenbrier Homemakers Council (Arlington) sent is $25 from its treasury. The Thursday Afternoon West End Ladies Bowling League in Glenmont also chipped in $25, and a third $25 contribution arrived from another group of bowlers, the Arlington Towers Mixed Bowling League.
The Coffee Fund of the Army Computer Systems Command VFDMIS Project poured $30 into the hospital's coffer. The party sponsored by past presidents of the Dolly Peyton Shepperson Business and Professional Women's Club of Alexandria raised $41.88. Still another group of bowlers, the Ladies Friendship Bowling League of Falls Church, rolled $45 down my alley.
Employees of the Lerner Companies sent in $50 to honor the memory of the mother of a colleague. So many members of the White Oaks Bridge Club of Alexandria have moved recently that it was decided to disband the club and send me its entire treasury, $52.35.
There was no gift exchange among employees of the Office of the Registrar at George Mason University this year, and this diverted $57 to the hospital. For the fourth straight year, employees of the Defense Investigative Service in the Comptroller's Office passed up an intramural exchange of holiday cards, and this year this decision produced $72 for the children.
Employees of the one of the smallest government shops in town, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, chipped in $75. The Trades Shop Unit of the Mobile Equipment Section at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission pumped $81 worth of liquor assets into the hospital's treasury.
Three-digit givers were well represented today, and we even had one that ran to four digits and a comma. Read on.
Southern Maryland Heritage Chapter of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association contributed $100. Employees of the Board of Trustees of the Retirement System of the American National Red Cross sent $103. The Billing, Collecting adn Cost Accounting Branches at the Government Printing Office cooperated to raise $112.
The men and women who work for the Central Pension Fund of the International Unions of Operating Engineers and Participating Employers contributed $130. Employees of the Arlington office of Reynolds Securities made a long-term investment of $140 in a hot new (it's only 106 years old) venture called Children's Hospital. You never get your money back, but you do get some beautiful dividends.
The State Department's Foreign Affairs Document Reference Center sent me a document with $142.35 imprinted upon it. For the seventh consecutive year, the Division of Drug Chemistry at Food & Drug voted not to exchange in-house holiday cards and instead chose to add $342 to the shoebox in which we collect funds for Children's Hospital. Another whopper - $680 - arrived from the men and women who work for the Behnke Nurseries in Beltsville. I don't know how a relatively small group produces this kind of result year after year, but the checks speak for themselves.
There's no mystery about how the Women of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Hillandale, Md., raised $1,000 for the hospital. They put on a holiday bazaar that just couldn't miss being a success because women who work for charity simply refused to quit trying until they do succeed.
Gifts from these 24 groups came to $3,362.58, and 61 checks from individuals added $3,772 to give us our best way of this campaign, $7,134.58. We began the day with $30,006.09, so the shoebox now holds $37,140.67. If you, too, would like to help the children, make your check to the order of Children's Hospital and address it to Bill Gold, c/o. The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. Thank you.