Hill Talk: Golfing for a Good Cause

Posted August 13, 2009 at 3:21pm

Capitol Police officers are supporting each other off-duty at the third annual Capitol Children’s Relief Golf Tournament. “The first year it started because a buddy of mine, his little girl had a brain tumor,— said James Davis, a Capitol Police officer who has run the event since its inception. “And there were a lot of things that weren’t covered by insurance.— Davis and his wife spearheaded the organization for the first tournament in 2007, which hosted about 120 golfers and raised around $15,000 for Riley Cullen and her family. Each year the event benefits a different family in need. After a slightly lower take last year of around $5,000 for the family of Jonas Golsby, who suffers from Down syndrome, Davis said he “always hopes for the best— and tries to line up 144 participants, the maximum number of golfers allowed in the tournament. For every foursome that plays, $200 goes directly to the family in need. This year’s tournament, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2, at General’s Ridge Golf Course in Manassas, Va., will help raise funds for the Moore family. Nine-year-old John Moore, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, has undergone nearly $1 million worth of surgery for his condition.Davis said he is hosting the event because “I’m a father, too. So that’s motivation enough for me, that a child is involved.—The day includes a full round of golf and lunch, ending with a trophy ceremony for participants with the longest drive and closest shot to the pin, and the presentation of the profits to the family.A New Use for Old JeansUnion Station is now the temporary home of the largest collection of recycled clothing in the world, including one pair of castoff jeans from actor Ben Stiller.Sponsored by National Geographic Kids and Cotton Inc., the “Cotton. From Blue to Green— campaign recycled 38,088 blue jeans and denim items into insulation for houses. The huge display, which won National Geographic a spot in the Guinness World Records, will be on display until Aug. 27. National Geographic now claims the title for Most Items of Clothing Collected for Recycling, after an official count and confirmation on Wednesday by an official from Guinness World Records. For the past four months, National Geographic Kids has been asking readers to send in old pieces of denim and has received an overwhelming response. Individuals, religious and school groups, as well as celebrities have donated their various jean clothing to the cause. According to National Geographic, Stiller, who has previously worked with National Geographic Kids, was one of the first to donate an old pair of jeans.On display in Union Station stands a row of five playhouse-sized plastic structures housing the 33,088 pieces of rolled-up denim. The jeans will be recycled into a cotton fiber insulation and used to insulate houses that have been damaged, destroyed or otherwise affected by natural disasters. With the denim collected by National Geographic, all of which would have gone to a landfill if disposed of otherwise, 60 homes will be insulated.