Horseshoe Southern Indiana held its annual Media Poker Tournament over the weekend of October 24, 2009. The winner received $1,000 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.
This year’s winner was Forrest Clem from WHAS11 and he chose the WHAS Crusade for Children as his charity!
A longtime WHAS-TV employee, Forrest earmarked his donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment. Thanks Forrest!
Learn more about the Endowment
You can join Forrest and contribute to the Crusade Endowment. When you do, you’re guaranteeing that the Crusade will be here for decades to come. See more below.
The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment
- 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs
- The Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.
- Beyond your annual contribution, we need your Crusade Endowment donation now.
Change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
To make an Endowment donation securely online, click here and enter ENDOWMENT FUND in the comments box.
How the Crusade works
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.
$133 million raised for special needs children
In its first 56 years, the Crusade has raised more than $133 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events
An independent board decides
An independent board of interdenominational ministers known as the Crusade Advisory Panel decides how donations are distributed each year.
Agencies apply for grants
Representatives from agencies, schools and hospitals apply for grants and appear before the panel during grant hearings held each spring. Once the hearings are complete, the advisory panel determines which agencies receive Crusade donations.
Since agency grant requests far exceed donations to the Crusade each year, the panel has difficult decisions to make.
For a complete listing of grant application rules, click here.
The Crusade telethon airs in June
The annual Crusade radio/telethon is held each year on the first full weekend in June and is aired on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11), WHAS-DT (Channel 55) and worldwide on WHAS11.com. Portions of the broadcast are also seen and heard on a Kentucky statewide network.
Three million children have been helped
Approximately 3 million children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children celebrated 50 years of changing children’s lives in 2003.
Donations are tax deductible
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.