JULY 31, 2002



Ceramics for Seniors – February 2

Members of the Club purchased and painted ceramic bowls, figurines, plates, mugs and frames from a local art studio to donate to residents of the Sunrise Senior Living Home in Falls Church, VA for Valentine’s Day.  

Number of Members / hours:  16 / 50.

Money Spent:  $310

Beneficiary:  residents of Sunrise Assisted Living Center, 330 North Washington Street, Falls Church VA, (703) 534-2700.


Blood Drives

Club members volunteered to donate one pint of blood at two drives organized by the Club at the INOVA Blood Donor Service Center in Annandale, VA. 

Number of members / man hours:   22 on March 16, 10 on May 11; approximately 40 hours.

Money Raised:  $0

Beneficiary:  INOVA Blood Donor Service Center, 703-698-3885.


Washington D.C. Marathon – March 24

Club members volunteered to serve water and gatorade and clean discarded cups at an aid station for participants in the first annual Washington D.C. Marathon, a charity event which raised over $35,000 for Food and Friends (local Food Bank for families suffering from AIDS), Metro TeenAids (local support group) and the local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Members were stationed at mile marker 20, displaying the  parrothead spirit in Aloha shirts through the day by cheering and boosting the spirit of runners, including one of our own members, at the point where many begin “hitting the wall.” 

Number of Members:  11.  Number of man-hours:  60.

Money Raised:  $0

Beneficiary:  Washington D.C. Marathon, c/o H2O Entertainment Group, Arlington VA; ph: (703) 528-8176.


Potomac River Watershed Cleanup – April 6

Club members volunteered to participate in the spring Potomac Cleanup project, where over 100 companies and service organizations send members out to various locations in the Washington D.C. area to clean garbage and debris from along the shoreline.  Club members worked for 4 hours on a 1-mile stretch of the river in Alexandria VA near Reagan National Airport removing cups, cigarette butts, bags, lighters, tires and numerous other items.  The Club also furnished breakfast for other volunteers working at this location.

Number of Members:  24.  Man-hours:  80.

Money Raised:  $0

Beneficiary:  The Potomac River.  Coordinated with National Park Service; Jay Johnstone, ph: (703) 289-2553.


Jim Morris and Big Bamboo Band – April 6

One of the Club’s officers, Lu Cousins, arranged the CD Release Party with Jim Morris and the Band in Grasonville MD that was attended by fans from as far away as New York and California.  Proceeds from the show were donated to watershed restoration projects undertaken by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Money raised:  $1,650

Contact:  Chesapeake Bay Foundation (, 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis MD 21403; Elizabeth Buckman, ph: 410-268-8816.


Clothing Drive – April & May

Club officers solicited clothing donations from members, who responded in great numbers with 9 large garbage bags of items that were donated to an underprivileged family community center in Washington, D.C.

Number of members:  30.  Man-hours:  10.

Money raised:  $0

Contact:  Martha’s Table Inc. (, 2114 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009; Juliet Orzal, ph:  202-328-6608.


Concert with Key West Band – May 4

The club ran two raffles during breaks of an evening performance by the Key West Band, who traveled to Alexandria VA from Roanoke to help us raise money for Growing Hope, a locally-owned and managed charity providing support to underprivileged children with cancer and their families.  A number of items, including a limited edition concert shirt from Jimmy Buffett’s November 2001 concert in New York and a scuba diving certification program from a local training company, were donated to the Club.

Number of members in attendance:  24.  Man-hours:  5.

Money raised:  $160

Contact:  Growing Hope, P.O. Box 151, Fairfax Station VA 22039; Mary Nielsen, Director, ph: 703-876-7111.


National Kidney Foundation Chili Cookoff – May 18

The Club entered four member-prepared chili recipes and two salsa recipes in Washington D.C.’s qualifying contest for the National Chili Society Championships.  In support of the regional chapter of the Kidney Foundation, the Club designed and set up a 30-foot by 20-foot tiki bar on Pennsylvania Avenue (3 blocks east of the White House) and cooked over 30 gallons of salsa and chili (at members’ own expense).  During the day-long event, which began before 8am with setting up the display and ended at 8:30pm when the last of the display was loaded into trucks, chili samples, salsa samples and tropical leis were offered for “donations,” the monies from which are all given to the Kidney Foundation.  The Club won second place in the People’s Choice category, given to the group who raises the most money through the day from donations.  Over 50 groups entered competition chilis, and over 12,000 guests attended the event, which raised approximately $100,000 for the local chapter of the Foundation.

Number of members in attendance:  29.  Man-hours:  260.

Money raised:  $1,560 from entry fees and cash collected from donations.

Contact:  National Kidney Foundation of National Capital Area (; Meredith Kirchner, ph:  202-244-7900.


Walk to Cure – May 19

Club members, some of whom had spent a majority of the previous day working the Chili Cookoff, joined over 3,000 area residents for a 4-mile walk around the monuments in Washington to raise money for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  One Club member’s parents have volunteered for this organization for many years.

Number of members:  11.  Man-hours:  50

Money raised by members:  $985 from entry fees and additional donations

Contact:  JDRF Capitol Area Chapter (, phone: 202-371-0044.


Race for the Cure – June 1

The Club organized and brought a team of 30 individuals together to walk and run in the country’s largest 5K race in Washington.  For the third consecutive year, over 70,000 registered to participate in the race and walk, which raises money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Number of members:  24.  Man-hours:  80.

Money raised from registration fees and donations:  $750.


Red Cross Waterfront Festival – June 9

The Club was invited to provide volunteers to run a beverage stand during the last day of the outdoor festival in Alexandria, VA.  Proceeds from admissions, merchandise and food sales at the three-day festival, which is run by over 1,500 volunteers, provide 20 percent of the operating budget for the Alexandria Chapter of the Red Cross

Number of Members:  12.  Man-hours:  60.

Money Raised:  unknown.

Contact:  American Red Cross Alexandria Chapter (,; ph:  703-549-8300.


Rock 4 Locks Fundraiser – June 23

The Club was invited to provide volunteer support for an event organized by the leader of a local rock band to raise money for St. Jude’s Childrens Medical Center.  The event was held at Kilroy’s Restaurant in Springfield VA, one of the Club’s primary meeting locations, who donated all of the restaurant’s profits from the day to the charity.  Children’s attractions and activities were available during the day, and four bands played through the evening.  Local guitarist and member Chris Gantzer also donated several hours of performance time to help the cause.

Number of members:  15.  Man-hours:  40.

Money raised:  unknown.

Contact:  Suzi Gonzalez, ph:  703-475-6963,


Concert with Captain Quint – June 23

The Club organized a Pre-Concert Party at the State Theatre in Falls Church VA with the band Captain Quint, to raise more monies for Growing Hope.  The event was put together in just over 2 weeks, enough time for the Club to obtain in excess of $1,000 in merchandise donations that was raffled off through the evening.

Number of members:  34.  Man-hours:  80.

Money raised:  $450.