Over the top!

It's nothing less than amazing that I just typed those words. After all, our 1990-91 fund-raising campaign on behalf of Children's Hospital took off in a fog of recession and ended in a cloud of war. I figured we would fall short of last year's record total by as much as one-third.

Shows you how good a prognosticator I am. We started soaring in mid-December and never stopped. The result: the best bottom line we have ever managed in the 42 years that The Washington Post has thumped the tub for Children's.

The final figures:

Grand Total: $574,047.88.

Last Year's Grand Total: $562,410.37.

Individual Donations: 4,349.

Group Donations: 831.

Thanks so much to all of you who contributed. You're a beautiful, generous, loyal bunch. Thanks, too, to Alexandra B. Stoddard for her skillful work on this year's campaign. Special thanks to Margo Jackson, Joyce Hardy, Elizabeth Mounts and Emily Levey for their tireless penny-counting.

But the largest thanks of all go to that hospital up on Michigan Avenue. That's where the real heroes are -- both the brave patients and the wonderful staff that cares for them.

Until next November . . . .

Last-minute group contributors:

Cavalier Moving & Storage Inc., Sterling ($150 by raffling off a day's pay).

Customers, Ron II's Grand Farmers Market, Southeast Washington ($30).

Dankers West, Southwest Washington ($50).

Texhouse Corp. ($100).

OSPPD/ORK auction, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor (a super $3,010, with special thanks to George Koch, Rebecca Gomez and Richard C. Hardin).

2nd Tuesday of the Month Bridge Club -- Re Bartel et al. ($25).

Forestville Drone 235, Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does ($50).

Bureau of Traffic Personnel, Interstate Commerce Commission ($115.42).

Faith Lutheran Church Unit of Women, Arlington ($75 from a craft fair).

Special Materials Cataloging Division, Library of Congress ($20.50 left over from a holiday party).

Nuclear Survivability Laboratory, Harry Diamond Laboratories, Adelphi ($373.95).

Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt ($200).

Maryland Youth Ballet, Nutcracker Cast 1990 ($50).

Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Northeast Washington ($50 from a holiday bazaar).

The 45th Street Carolers, Northwest Washington ($46.55).

The Mariners, District Heights Presbyterian Church ($130).

Norva SCC & Support Organizations, Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., Arlington ($250).

The United Methodist Women of the Amissville (Va.) United Methodist Church ($155).

Chapter "H," P.E.O. Sisterhood ($129).

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Security Office ($15).

Staff and customers, Furin's of Georgetown ($175 in memory of "Mother Theresa" Furin).

Headquarters staff, American Geophysical Union ($309.77).

Staff, Mastercraft Interiors, Rockville store ($150).

Fairfax County Office of Comprehensive Planning, Planning Division ($235 raised via a charity auction at the annual holiday party).

Public Affairs Office, Children's National Medical Center ($200 from these loyal pals, without whom . . . ).

G Street Fabrics Mail Order Service, Rockville ($35).

International Families of the Fund Office, International Monetary Fund ($2,010 from volunteers who sold UNICEF cards).

Brownie Troop No. 856, Arlington ($50).

Coffee Mess, Receipt Inspection Branch, Test & Evaluation Department, Naval Ordnance Station, Indian Head ($577.55).

Employees, Building 213, Washington Navy Yard (a lovely $6,469.25, with a special salute to Michael E. Cady for shepherding this group's 22nd annual donation).

The Silva Method of Mind Development, Annandale ($25).

Barrel House Liquors, Northwest Washington ($1,343.50).

Employees, Saab Aircraft of America, Sterling ($143).

Staff, American Gas Association, Arlington ($800).

Staff, AV-ED Aviation Education Professionals Ground School, McLean ($25).

Information Inc., newsroom ($30).

StorageTek office football pool ($180).

Assistance Branch, Office of Solid Waste, Environmental Protection Agency ($37).

School Facilities Branch and friends, Impact Aid Programs, U.S. Department of Education ($90).

Delta Electronics Inc., Alexandria ($1,056, half from the employees, half from the company).

Woodbridge Kiwanis Club ($1,000).

National Machine Tool Builders Association, McLean ($315 raised at a Christmas cookie bake-off).

The Federal City Four ($50).

Children, parents and teachers, Templeton Elementary School, Riverdale ($134.64).

Disbursements and Receipts Sections, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. ($1,551.62 from a holiday auction).

Business Banking Group, Perpetual Savings Bank ($22).

Antonio's Restaurant, New Carrollton ($85).

Student Government, Potomac High School, Oxon Hill ($100).

Telephone, Correspondence and Bibliography Section, Library of Congress ($110).

Nancy Goettlemann's colleagues, Bureau of Labor Statistics ($105 in memory of James A. Peterson).

The Urban Institute ($138.33).

Middle School, National Cathedral School ($120.45, with thanks to Emma Radin and Sarah Sullivan).

Partners and employees, Colton and Boykin ($3,080, half of it from founding partner Herbert Colton).

Oracle Corp. ($817).

Single Family Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development ($400).

Gotta Dance Inc., Silver Spring ($40 from the staff and the spare change fund).

Chi Omega Alumnae of Northern Virginia ($125).

Office of Language Services, State Department ($695, the 18th year in a row that this group has been heard from).

J.E. Robert Cos., Alexandria ($358 from a "blind auction" held at the Christmas party).

Staff, Solar Service & Supply, Beltsville ($35 in the names of Rachel and Max Lowenthal).

BNA Communications Inc. staffers ($90 with thanks to Bob Johnson).

Teachers and staff, Manassas Baptist Preschool ($100 in memory of Karen Cano).

FBO/WASHMAC/SEC employees ($65).

Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter, Delta Delta Delta ($40).

Emerald Society, Washington, D.C., Fire Department ($100).

ASW Division, Naval Technical Intelligence Center ($120.20).

Comprehensive Marketing Systems Inc. ($100 in memory of Sharon Long).