REPORT OF SERVICE ACTIVITIES, JULY – DECEMBER 2001

 

JANUARY 28, 2002

 

 

Pirates on the Potomac Cruise – July 4

Activity:  Club members reserved and sold tickets for a four-hour open-air cruise on the Miss Christin, a 105-passenger boat, to view the National Fireworks show from the Potomac River in Washington, DC.  While the trip from Alexandria to Washington was completed through a driving rain, all of the attendees enjoyed the experience of viewing the fireworks from one of among over one thousand boats on the River near the Memorial Bridge.

Number of Members:  26.

Money Raised:  $650

Beneficiary:  The Club retained $350 for our own Environmental Fund, and donated $300 to the Save the Manatee Club in Maitland, FL.

 

National Kidney Foundation Volleyball Marathon – July 14

Activity:  Club members volunteered to participate in a six-hour volleyball marathon, which was held on the campus of Catholic University in Washington, DC.  Over forty teams, made up of local community and corporate groups, participated in the event, which raises over $20,000.

Number of Members:  11

Money Raised:  $275

Beneficiary:  National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area (www.kidneywdc.org), 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20015; Meredith Kirchner, ph. (202) 244-7900.

 

Sunny Jim White / Jim Morris Benefit Show – August 25

Activity:  WAPHC, along with Parrotheads of the Old Dominion (VA) and the Rappahannock Area Parrothead Club (VA), arranged for a performance with Sunny Jim and Jim Morris at Mango Mike’s Restaurant in Alexandria, VA.  Three separate raffles were conducted during the evening, and Mango Mike’s donated a portion of food and drink sales to the charitable efforts of all three clubs.  Two WAPHC members also offered overnight accommodations to Jim, Jim and Mark (Migration Music) Friedman after the show.  Regrettably, Jim Morris had to decline the offer and sleep in their motor home due to his allergy to Lu’s cats.

Number of Members:  58

Money Raised:  $495

Beneficiary:  Alzheimer’s Association of National Capital Area (www.alz-nca.org), 11240 Waples Mill Road, Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22030; Anthony Sudler, Chapter President, ph:  (866) 259-0042.

 


The Night Before Show – September 7

Activity:  WAPHC and the Parrotheads of the Old Dominion arranged for performances by local guitarist Chris Gantzer, the band Key Lime Pie from Maryland, and the Calypso Nuts from Virginia Beach, at Sully’s Restaurant in Chantilly, VA.  This annual night-before-Buffett party drew a crowd of over 400 Parrotheads from all over the country for 6 hours of tropical sounds. 

Number of Members:  54

Money Raised:  $1,140

Beneficiary:  Alzheimer’s Association of National Capital Area.

 

Potomac River Watershed Shoreline Cleanup – September 15

Activity:  Four days after the September 11 tragedy, Club members donned work gloves and wading boots to spend 4 hours bagging garbage and debris from a mile-long segment of Potomac River shoreline.  Our efforts resulted in the collection of over 120 bags of garbage, car tires, car parts, furniture and a bowling ball.  Working in an area just south of Reagan National Airport in Alexandria, which remained closed on this Saturday, left all of us affected by the absence of airplane traffic. 

Number of Members:  12

Money Raised:  none.

Beneficiary:  Center for Marine Conservation/National Park Service; Jay Johnstone, area coordinator, ph: (703) 289-2553.

 

Hard Times Café/National Kidney Foundation Chili Cookoff – September 22

Activity:  The Club entered three member-prepared chili recipes in Northern Virginia’s qualifying contest for the National Chili Society.  In support of their efforts, the Club designed and set up a tropical display along the shores of the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria, VA, offering up samples of our chili recipes for small “donations” which are all given to the Kidney Foundation.  Over 40 groups entered competition chilis, and over 2,000 guests attended the event, which raised approximately $65,000 for the local chapter of the Foundation.

Number of Members:  19

Money Raised:  $485 from donations alone.

Beneficiary:  National Kidney Foundation’s National Capital Area Chapter.

 

Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk 2001 – October 6

Activity:  In support of the Club’s efforts throughout the year, the local chapter named the Club a Gold Sponsor of the Memory Walks in the DC area.  The Club participated in one of the walks, which was held in Fairfax, VA.  Club members collected donations and contributed event participation fees; a total of over $225,000 was raised from collections and sponsorships for the four walks held in the area in September and October.

Number of Members:  22

Money Raised:  $1,200

Beneficiary:  Alzheimer’s Association of National Capital Area.

 

Lung Cancer Awareness Walk – October 20

Activity:  Club members entered and participated in a 5-mile walk in support of lung cancer awareness and the Hospice of Northern Virginia.  The walk was organized by a close friend of one of our members whose brother organized and held a charity walk concurrently in Liverpool, England. 

Number of Members:  5

Money Raised:  $150

Beneficiary:  American Cancer Society and Hospice of Northern Virginia.          

 

Capital Area Food Bank Food Drive – November / December

Activity:  Club members collected over 250 pounds of perishable food products during socials in November and December, which were donated to a local food bank which supplies several homeless shelters and hunger relief organizations in Northern Virginia.

Number of Members:  Over 60 members donated.

Money Raised:  $126 in additional donations were collected.

Beneficiary:  Capital Area Food Bank, 6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, VA 22079; ph:  (703) 541-3063.

 

Toys for Tots Collection – December

Activity:  Club members collected over 140 toy items at Club activities during the month of December.  Arrangements were then made to make the donation to the Marine Corps Reserves at one of our socials before Christmas.  The Marine reservist dispatched to collect our donation dressed appropriately in uniform…with a Buffett concert t-shirt underneath!

Number of Members:  over 40 members donated.

Money Raised:  none.

Beneficiary:  Toys For Tots (www.toysfortots.org), c/o U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit, Base Quantico, VA.  Contact  1st Sgt. Howard Banks, ph: (703) 784-2798,  bankshg@mfr.usmc.mil.

 

 

Parrotheads on the Potomac New Year’s Eve Cruise – December 31

Activity:  Club members charted the Potomac Riverboat Company’s Cherry Blossom steamship for a 4-hour cruise and party on the River from Alexandria, VA to ring in the New Year.  Members also sold tickets, produced boarding passes, worked with a local caterer for food and beverage service, made arrangements with a hotel near the dock for overnight accommodations, arranged with the bands Small Town and Calypso Nuts and arranged for dinner at a local restaurant beforehand.  Over 240 tickets were sold, and a phenomenal time was had by all.

Number of Members:  49

Money Raised:  $3,200

Beneficiary:  Alzheimer’s Association of National Capital Area.