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‘The Directors’ Entertain at Camp Fantastic BBQ

The Directors rock out.

The Directors rock out.

Photo: Marleen Van Den Neste

A group of young fans.

A group of young fans

Photo: Marleen Van Den Neste

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins delivers a tune.

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins delivers a tune.

Photo: Marleen Van Den Neste

Dave Smith tells guests about the camp.

Dave Smith of Special Love, Inc., which sponsors Camp Fantastic, tells guests about the camp.

Photo: Marleen Van Den Neste

A man purchases apples at the market.

A man purchases apples at the market, which was part of the event.

Photo: Marleen Van Den Neste

Two women taste cupcakes at the market.

Two women taste cupcakes at the market.

Photo: Marleen Van Den Neste

Fronted by NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, The Directors, also known as the Affordable Rock and Roll Act, entertained for 2 hours on June 12 on the south side of the Clinical Center at the annual Camp Fantastic BBQ. “Who said scientists don’t know how to rock?” quipped bandleader Collins.

The summer staple raises funds for a camp in Front Royal, Va., that offers a week of freedom and fun each August for pediatric patients at the Clinical Center and other area hospitals.

Food was available from a variety of vendors, free funnel cakes (courtesy of the NIH Federal Credit Union) were distributed and the R&W community market included cupcakes and other baked goods, pickles, candy, fruit, tea and jewelry, among other items. 

There was also a silent auction, a variety of games including cornhole and Jenga and a photo booth for quick snapshots.

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Associate Editor: Carla Garnett
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Staff Writers:

Eric Bock
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Dana Talesnik
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