Two weeks ago, we knew that our Children's Hospital fund-raising campaign had turned in a record year. Today, the adding machines have finally stopped clanking, and we can report the final figures.
Grand total: $320,764.11.
Donations from individuals: 5,965.
Donations from groups: 613.
Many thanks to one and all, and a final printed thank-you to the following last-minute group donors:
Between $8 and$50 --
The Maryland Medieval Mercenary Militia ($8), the One More Time Thrift Shop of Manassas($10), Room 210 at Backus Junior High in Northeast ($12.10), the Circle K Club at George Mason University ($15), Democracy Travel in Northwest ($20), the Bolling NCO Wives Club ($25), the Silver Tongues Toastmistress Club($25), Hanlon Associates Inc. of Arlington ($25), Sarah Smith's sixth grade class at London Towne Elementary School in Centreville($26.40), the Officers' Service Club of Washington ($30), Glass Distributors Inc. of Bladensburg ($35), the staff of Medical-Surgical Unit 5-C at Suburban Hospital ($35), Christmas carolers on Silver Spring's Geren Road ($40), Huntemann-Huff Unit No. 110 of the American Legion Auxiliary in Mount Rainier ($50) and Silver Spring's Cissel-Saxon Unit No. 41 of the same auxiliary ($50).
Between $50 and$100 --
The Fairfax City Baskin-Robbins ice cream store ($50.06), employes of the Shoppers Food Warehouse on Rte. 236 in Fairfax County ($65), the DT, EM and IS Departments at Vitro Laboratories in Silver Spring ($78) and the Engineering Department-Transmission Facilities District of AT & T Long Lines in Oakton($91.50).
Between $100 and $500 --
The Falls Church chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees ($110), the Systems Support Branch of the ADP Systems Development Office at HUD ($110), employes of the Congressional Plaza Giant Food store ($130), the National Capital Club Managers Association($150), Servicemaster of Fairfax Inc. ($176.92), the Comptroller's Office at the Child Improvement Agency ($225), the Transportation and Public Utilities Service at the General Services Administration ($273), the Senate Detail of the U.S. Capitol Police ($300), employes of Infodata Systems Inc. in Falls Church ($307.45), a group of Cleveland Park carolers ($307.59), the British Embassy ($315), the Outside Plant Section at Pepco's Property Records Department($342.75), employes of White Scientific Consultants Inc. and White Technical Support Services($350), The Bechdon Company Inc. ($352), Foster Associates Inc.($356), Office 16 of DeLeuw Cather & Co. ($361.80), Network Analysis Corporation ($370), the Print Imaging, Reprographics and Photographic Applications Departments at Vitro Labs ($373) and the Topography Department of the Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic/Topographic Center($484).
Gifts of more than $500 --
National Airport tower employes ($665), the Naval Material Command ($761), the Federal Women's Program at the Army's Office of the Chief of Engineers($978), Guest Services Inc.($1,172.80), the patrons of Springfield's Peyton Place Restaurant($1,245), Washington-area employes of United Airlines ($1,520), the Progress Club ($1,800), the staff at the House Appropriations Committee ($2,255), the Defense Communication Agency's Command and Control Technical Center employes located in Reston ($2,811.97) and the employes of the C & P Telephone Company ($8,332.43).
Finally, I'd like to share with you a letter written by Regina DeButts of Midland, Va. It seems to summarize the feeling you reader/donors have about The Hospital on the Hill.
"This ($5 contribution) is the best I can do right now," Regina writes. "Things are the pits here financially. But if I could convert into dollars and cents the love and good health my family shares, then Children's Hospital would be on Easy Street." Thanks, Regina. Thanks, every one of you.