57th Annual Crusade for Children ready to go

57th Annual Crusade for Children ready to go

Firefighters are out in full force across Kentucky and Indiana. It’s time to change a child’s life and support the WHAS Crusade for Children June 5-6, 2010.

The Marlins headline the Crusade Variety Show
The Marlins will headline the 57th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children. They’ll lead a cast of thousands Saturday, June 5, 2010. Show time is 8:00pm (EDT) to see The Marlins kickoff the Crusade in the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater in Louisville. Thanks to The British Sports Car Club of Louisville, a donation of $3,000 was made to buy all the tickets and make the event FREE to all. No tickets are necessary, just show up!

“The Marlins bring their amazing talents to get the Crusade rolling,” said Dawn Lee, President & CEO of the WHAS Crusade for Children. “We are honored to have these local brothers from Indiana.”

Melissa Swan and Terry Meiners host
Melissa Swan of WHAS11 News and 84WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners will MC the Crusade. They will be joined by favorite Patrick Hughes; The Diane Moore Dancers; The Miracle Dancers; Todd Hildreth and the Crusade Quintet; Crusade favorite Melissa Combs; magician David Garrard; and new this year: Sam Majesty Star wrote a special song for the Crusade that he will perform with his wife, Cherrie.

Flagships WHAS11 and 84WHAS lead the way
The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 5 and will air in its entirety on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (DT Channel 11.1) and worldwide on WHAS11.com.

WBKI and WBKO lead Crusade Network
For the seventh straight year, WBKI-TV, the CW in Louisville will air portions of the 57th annual WHAS Crusade for Children. As part of the Crusade Network, WBKI will broadcast live from Elizabethtown, Kentucky (Sunday Noon to 1:30pm EDT), Shelbyville, Kentucky (Sunday 1:30pm to 4:00pm EDT) and Bardstown, Kentucky (Sunday 4:00pm to 6:00pm EDT). Craig Hoffman of WBKI-TV and Bobby Jack Murphy will host the segments from Elizabethtown and Bardstown while WHAS11First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Jamie Martin will host the Shelbyville broadcast. They will welcome area fire departments and civic groups and their fundraising efforts to make life better for special needs children. “We are excited to be part of the WHAS Crusade for Children for the seventh straight year. WBKI-TV is committed to serving the people of Kentucky and Southern Indiana,” said Craig Hoffman, Director of Station Operations.

In addition to WBKI-TV, for the eighth straight year, WBKO-TV in Bowling Green will air live broadcasts from Columbia, Kentucky and Rough River State Resort Park on both Saturday and Sunday hosted by WBKO’s Chris Allen. WQWQ-TV in Paducah brings the Crusade Variety Show to viewers in Western Kentucky 8:00pm to 11:00pm (EDT) Saturday.

Four ways to give
There are four ways to make a donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children:
1. Through your fire department or civic group
2. Mail to: WHAS Crusade for Children, 520 W. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY 40202
3. Securely at WHASCrusade.org
4. Phone (502) 582-7706

Radio also plays a big part
The stations of Commonwealth Broadcasting headquartered in Glasgow, Kentucky boost the Crusade’s statewide network. Thanks for Steve Newberry, Commonwealth President & CEO, listeners hear a live simulcast of the Crusade Variety Show 8:00pm to 11:00pm (EDT) Saturday.

Television Network
WHAS-TV, Louisville (Flagship station)
WBKI-TV, Louisville
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
WQWQ-TV, Paducah

Internet Network

Radio Network
WHAS, Louisville (Flagship station)
WTCO, Campbellsville
WLBN, Lebanon
WBRT, Bardstown
WIEL, Elizabethtown
WHHT, Bowling Green
WTTL, Madisonville
WPKY, Princeton

Meet The Marlins
You’ve never heard a group of entertainers quite like The Marlins! These four brothers – Gary, Jace, Rick and Robert – have been performing together for more than 25 years for conventions, fairs, festivals, and corporate events in the U.S. and Canada. Recently they have enjoyed great success at Casino Aztar in Evansville, Indiana, the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Nugget Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. They have shared the stage with such luminaries as Lee Greenwood, The Smothers Brothers, Randy Travis, The Association, Merv Griffin, and others. Their list of corporate clients includes Phillip Morris USA, IBM, Ford Motor Co., Miles, Inc., the National Recreation and Park Association, and the National Education Association. Singing the U.S. and Canadian National Anthems at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami for the Florida Marlins’ historic inaugural baseball season was a special honor.

They play it all!
The Marlins’ repertoire covers the entire musical spectrum including country, rock, big band, pop, classical, jazz, and bluegrass. Whether it’s a show, dance, or quiet dinner music, they feel right at home – in short, music for any occasion or age group. A Marlin concert might include music from such diverse artists as Glen Miller, Willie Nelson, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Liberace, Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Elvis, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Suzy Bogguss and Tiny Tim.

The Crusade is a 30+ hour love-a-thon
The 57th annual WHAS Crusade for Children officially kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 5, 2010. Nearly 200 fire departments along with hundreds of organizations from Kentucky and Indiana will report how much money they’ve raised for Kentuckiana’s special needs children.
The Crusade will conclude around 10:00pm (EDT) Sunday, June 6 as the last dollars are added to make the tote board climb. In 2009, the Crusade raised more than $5.2 million for special needs children.

About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs. Since 1954, the Crusade has raised more than $133 million, giving critical assistance to millions of children in 120 Kentucky and 50 Southern Indiana counties. The money donated in Kentucky stays in Kentucky and, likewise, money donated in Indiana stays in Indiana. No money is sent to any other national charity or organization.

The Crusade returns 100% of each donation to agencies that directly improve the lives of children with special needs. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

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