Over the top!
I had a hunch I'd be typing those momentous words one of these days, and thanks to you generous readers, I now can. We have just collected more money in the 1987-'88 Children's Hospital campaign than we have ever collected in a single year before -- and "before" spans 39 years.
A year ago, we tipped the scales at $429,012.98. This year, we are comfortably past that -- and we may be significantly past that by the time I add up all the contributions that sneak into my mailbox at the last second.
Here are the record Week Eight totals:
Grand Total to Date: $444,491.84.
Total Given This Week: $46,915.84.
Individual Donors to Date: 3,792.
Group Donors to Date: 914.
What a magnificent performance! You folks started giving early, and you never stopped. You have shown once again that underneath all the bluster and the fluster and the filibuster, this city has a heart.
I'll publish the Absolutely Final totals on Tuesday. In the meantime, thanks to every one of you. The kids appreciate it -- and so does the former kid who's typing this.
Well, Levey, all I can say is that when you fluff them, you fluff them big.
On Tuesday, I published news of a donation from deep in the bosom of the military. I got the amount ($640) right. I got the first seven words of the group's name right. But on the eighth, I fell from grace with a splat.
The correct name of the generous group was the Personnel and Employment Service-Washington, Department of the Army.
I accused them of belonging to the Department of the Navy instead.
That is a very unwise distinction to fluff, especially on the banks of the Potomac, where approximately 40,000 members of the Army and Navy live, work -- and cast daggers at each other.
To their credit, the gang at Personnel & Co. thought the mistake was a howler. A fellow who works there called me up and said maybe his coworkers would stop laughing about the mistake by the end of the day -- and then again, maybe they wouldn't.
Thank you, laughing legions, for your sense of humor. I have no idea how I managed to fluff such a fluff. Call it vapor lock of the brain, or something. I'm very sorry -- and very relieved to set the record straight.
Group donations continued to arrive by the bundle in the last days of the campaign. Among them:
Repair, rental and sales employees of Ritz Camera Corporate Headquarters and Store No. 35 ($130).
Retired United Airlines Pilot Association ($100).
Pinecrest Bridge Club ($40).
Employees of the National Conservative Political Action Committee and the National Conservative Foundation, Alexandria ($60).
Office of Information Resources Management, Small Business Administration ($77 left over from the Christmas party fund).
Employees of the Naval Council of Personnel Boards ($260).
The Mason-Dixon Chapter of ABATE of Virginia ($57.65).
Student Council at Bel Pre Elementary School, Silver Spring ($44.67).
Families for Private Adoption ($60).
The staff of North American Telecommunications Association ($78.50, and welcome aboard to this first-time bunch).
Allison Fox & Co., Arlington ($100 in honor of its clients).
Fairfax County Department of Animal Control ($25).
Foulger Pratt Construction Inc., Rockville ($250).
Nuclear Radiation Effects Survivability Laboratory, Harry Diamond Laboratories and U.S. Army LABCOM, Office of the Secretary to the General Staff, Adelphi ($585.40).
Staff, customers and friends of The French Baker at International Square ($574.77).
Debbie Hance's second-grade class at Mount Harmony Elementary School, Owings, Md. ($17).
AARP Pharmacy Service, The Publishing Group and The Adams Group ($$75 from a gingerbread house raffle).
The Hot Shoppes and Travel Plaza Division, Marriott Corporation ($17.48).
Employees of Shimel, Lieberman & Bender, P.A. ($59).
Employees of the Rockville office of Sahlen & Associates, Inc. ($55 collected at the office Christmas party).
Members of the Asian-American Club, Walter Johnson High School, Bethesda ($100).
St. Stephen's Guild of Severn Parish, St. Stephen's Church, Crownsville, Md. ($25 in memory of Susan Reno).
Gaithersburg Aerie 3509, Fraternal Order of Eagles ($3,000 -- $2,500 from the members, $500 from the Ladies' Auxiliary).
Asia & Near East Bureau, Agency for International Development ($65 discovered in the treasury after the Christmas party).
Employees of Giant Food store No. 95, Calverton ($215).
J. F. Thomas Co., Baileys Crossroads ($150).
Chevy Chase Business and Professional Women's Club ($135).
Washington-area employees of Recognition Equipment Inc., McLean ($1,071.80).
Janyce Zinnaman's speech class at Howard County Community College ($22).
The Business Center, Fairfax Station ($18.23).
Vienna Jaycees ($50).
American Turkish Association ($300).
M2 Training Consultants, Gaithersburg ($25).
Glenn Dale Senior Citizens Club ($75).
Ryon & McDaniel Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Forestville ($200).
Chrystal Hogan's Algebra II and precalculus classes, the Madeira School, Greenway, Va. ($21.33).
Women's Auxiliary to the Metropolitan Washington Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors, Inc. ($100).
Members of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Patuxent River NAS, Post 2632 ($50).
Members of the Montgomery County Volunteer Youth First Aid Unit ($40.51 in pennies).
Xi Gamma Beta, Chapter No. 3958, Beta Sigma Phi ($50).
Mastercraft Interiors, Alexandria store ($40 collected at the Christmas party).
Instructional Assistant Association, Alexandria Public Schools ($25).
Employees of STSC, Rockville ($177.89).
Village Swingers Square Dance Club ($142).
Washington D.C. Chapter, International Plastic Modelers Society ($193).
Staff, friends and customers, Barrel House ($1,860).
Employees of Arlington Woodworking & Lumber Co., Inc., Manassas and Tysons Corner ($1,825).
Staff and customers of The Community Store, Upper Marlboro ($100 collected in a jug).
Linda Butler's first-grade class, James Ryder Randall Elementary School, Clinton ($50).
Office of Procurement & Supply, Veterans Administration ($252).
Linda Mencarini's first-period algebra 2-trigonometry class, Rockville High School ($50).
Once again, huge heaps of thanks to each of you.