Down to the wire! Stay tuned.

Down to the wire! Stay tuned.

60 for the 60th watch now

Make a difference in a child’s life!

Watch the toteboard climb all day long! And watch for updates here all day.
Call: 571-2345
Toll Free: 1-866-885-1848

Here’s a running list of donations

Stay tuned this list will be updated all day long!

Crusade Saturday Donations
Milton VFD $1,700.00
University of Louisville $27,582.00
LG&E $ 191,072.00
Fairdale Fire Department $30,482.82
Hazlewood Center $1,397.97
JCPS $115,981.19
Tool Raffle Winner: Mandy
Probilt Automotive $375.00
Louisville Metro Gov $17,631.85
Gordon Biersch Brewery $750.00
Sparkles & Spurs $1,062.46
Nelson County Schools $7,030.00
Ellie Conklin $227.11
Greater Clark County Schools $26,068.50
Summit Academy $770.00
Kroger $37,124.84
General Electric $44,610.35
Louisville Rowing Club $1,000.00
Crusade Ambassadors $3,056.00
Baptist Health $16,600.00
VIPS $1,089.00
Middlesboro Independent School $3,100.00
Republic Bank $7,500.00
KCH/Norton Healthcare $138,722.41
US Census Bureau $11,200.31
WHAS $5,000.00
Triple Crown $142,639.00
Daniel Pitino Foundation $10,000.00
Milltown Fire Dept $14,751.97
McAllister’s Deli $60,194.75
Kosair Shriners $100,000.00
Sam Swope $150,000.00
Kelly Knoop $5,168.69
Miracle Dancers $14,300.00

Donations presented Saturday on WBKO-TV
Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Dept $1,192.09
Greensburg Fire & Rescue $14,168.25
Summersville Fire Department $4,000.03
Breeding Fire Department $1,227.35
Campbellsville / Taylor County Fire Dept $25,950.07

Crusade Sunday Donations
Baby Calendar Participants $4,864
Baby Calendar Winner Emily Hettinger
St. Marks United Church of Christ $1,902.59
Whayne Supply $7,327
Boy Scouts 262 $4,279.46
AMVETS Post 61 $4,100
Greenway Shredding & Recycling $4,000
Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital & Frazier Rehab Institute $4,198
Superior Van & Mobility $6,100
The Comfy Cow $300
Children’s Academy $187.77
GIVE Team eBay Enterprise $2508.07
Derby City Browns Backers $4020.31
Ted Throckmorton Golf Tournament $15,561
Middletown VFD $14,126
Scottsberg VFD $7,505.61
St. Matthews Fire District $59,669.43
Utica Township VFD $8,134.50
South Oldham VFD $42,517.37
Ekron VFD $9,726.62
Pacers & Racers $5,000
Louisville Street Rods $2,530
Kentuckiana Corvette Club & Moose Lodge 5 $7,638.50
New Washington VFD $11,647.87
Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant $2,275
Individuals Car Club $636
American Legion Shawnee Post 193 $1,804
Lake Dreamland Fire District $51,804.66
Greenville Township VFD $30,391.96
Lorne Ballard $8,144
Hanover Township $3,741.71
Parkway Rehab & Nursing Center $501
Clarksville Fire District $41,162.84
Nichols VFD $11,598.16
Sellersburg VFD $35,000
New Chapel Fire Company $8,878.31
Louisville Fire & Rescue $62,435.08
Highview Fire District $107,328.80
Harrods Creek Fire District $26,676.96
Jeffersontown Fire District $29,715.49
Pewee Valley Fire Protection District $22,762.74
Flaherty VFD $17,906.48
Campbellsburg FD $9,091.86
Muldraugh Fire Department $5,172.92
Battletown Fire Department $2,527.04
Shively Fire Department $14,493.20
Palmyra Fire Department $13,104.21
Buechel Fire District $41,303.70
Cross Country Distributing $67,176.31
Jeffersonville Fire Department $38,255.28
Ramsey Volunteer Fire & EMS $20,001.21
Bonnieville VFD $10,877
Lyndon Fire District $17,000.88
Anchorage VFD & EMS $8,008.00
Heth Township VFD $5,012.66
Pierce Polk Township VFD $12,309.51
Charlestown VFD $52,481.00
Little Dogs Crew $1,000
Eastwood Fire District $27,038.93
West Point VFD $26,050.00
Meade County Fire & Rescue $8,637.94
Salem Fire Department $9,260.72
LaGrange Fire and Rescue $37,904.68
Payneville Fire Department $21,164.16
The Temple $3,000.00
Zoneton VFD $78,841.59
McMahan Fire District $120,676.63
Shepherdsville Fire & Rescue $35,121.60
Money Carriers $950
Boone Township VFD $4,370.87
Iron Eagles $900.00
Dreams With Wings $110.00
Jennings Township VFD $12,732.00
Mt. Washington Fire Dept $40,566.36

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Cast of thousands present Crusade 61

The WHAS Crusade for Children begins its 7th decade of making life better for children with special needs. Thousands will come together to celebrate the 61st annual Crusade on June 7 & 8, 2014.

The WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $154 million since its beginnings in 1954. 100 percent of those donations have been granted to agencies, schools and hospitals that provide direct benefit to children with special needs. The Crusade funded nearly 200 grants last year across Kentucky and Southern Indiana.


Addyson’s story is what the Crusade is all about

“If you find yourself growing cynical about community or compassion, just remember that it’s Crusade time! Every year the WHAS Crusade for Children is a demonstration of caring and coming together for the greater purpose of helping children with special needs. Every dollar, dime or penny really makes a difference. Please be generous to the firefighters collecting now through June 8 and know that 100% of your contribution will go to the kids,” said Crusade President & CEO Dawn Lee.

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Terry Meiners and Melissa Swan celebrate 2013’s final Crusade toteboard.

Melissa Swan & Terry Meiners host free show at Bomhard Theater

Melissa Swan of WHAS11 News “On Your Side” and 84WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners will host the 61st Annual WHAS Crusade for Children on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater in Louisville beginning at 7:00pm (EDT). Admission is free.

They will be joined by country favorite J. D. Shelburne; Crusade Cannonballer Patrick Hughes; songstress Melissa Combs; The Miracle Dancers; The Diane Moore Dancers; neo soul group Second Chance; pop country trio Southern Sirens; Todd Hildreth and the Crusade Quintet; magician David Garrard and classic rockers Mojo Bay along with hundreds of volunteers.

Flagships WHAS11 and 84WHAS lead the way

The annual Crusade Internet-radio-telethon kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 7 and will air in its entirety on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11.1) and worldwide on until its conclusion at 7:00pm (EDT) Sunday, June 8.

Nearly 200 fire departments along with hundreds of companies, organizations and civic groups from Kentucky and Indiana will report how much money they’ve raised for Kentuckiana’s children with special needs. Each year firefighters collect more than 50 percent of all Crusade donations by staging road blocks and other events.

WBNA part of the Crusade Network for third year

For the third year, WBNA-TV ION 21 is a strong partner in the Crusade Network. WBNA will broadcast live from Elizabethtown, Kentucky (Sunday 12:30pm to 2:00pm EDT), Shelbyville, Kentucky (Sunday 2:00pm to 4:30pm EDT) and Bardstown, Kentucky (Sunday 4:30pm to 6:30pm EDT). Bobby Jack Murphy will host the segments from Elizabethtown and Bardstown while WHAS11 First Alert Storm Team Meteorologist Ben Pine will host the Shelbyville broadcast. They will welcome area fire departments and civic groups to announce their fundraising efforts.

WBNA General Manager Tom Fawbush said, “We are glad to be a part of this annual miracle that brings people together to make Kentuckiana a better place to live.”

WBKO celebrates 12 years as Crusade partner

In addition to WBNA, for 12 straight years, WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, Kentucky will air live broadcasts from Campbellsville, Kentucky and Rough River State Resort Park on both Saturday and Sunday. The broadcasts will be hosted by WBKO Weather Director Chris Allen.

Crusade Radio Network ready

The stations of Commonwealth Broadcasting headquartered in Glasgow, Kentucky boost the Crusade’s statewide reach. Thanks to Steve Newberry, Commonwealth President & CEO, listeners hear a live simulcast of the Crusade Variety Show hosted by WHAS11’s Reed Yadon from 8:00pm to 10:00pm (EDT) Saturday.

Television Network
WHAS-TV, Louisville (Flagship station)
WBNA-TV, Louisville
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green

Internet Network

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

Download the Crusade App

Yes, the Crusade has an app for that! The Crusade is happy to announce that through the Louisville company, Talgrace Media & Marketing, there’s now a Crusade App that can be downloaded for your Apple iPhone or Android phone. Just go to the Apple App Store for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android and search for Crusade for Children.

Hashtag #WHASCrusade

For fans of social media, the Crusade encourages everyone to use the hashtag #WHASCrusade when tweeting about the Crusade on Twitter. This will create an ongoing dialog and fun for Crusade supporters. You can follow the Crusade on Twitter: @CrusadeChildren or Join the conversation!

Throughout Crusade weekend, there will be continual Facebook updates so be sure to make the Crusade your friend at

Plus the Crusade’s Web site, will feature updates throughout Crusade weekend.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children is America’s most successful local telethon. Since 1954 the Crusade has helped millions of children.

In 2013, the Crusade awarded grants to nearly 200 agencies, schools and hospitals that make life better for children with special needs across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Children with special needs are grateful for contributions to the Crusade.

There are many ways to make a donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children:
• Make a donation securely online at
• Mail a check or charge information in an envelope to the Crusade for Children office
• Become a Crusade Angel through monthly automatic deductions
• “Scan to donate” our new QR code on fire boots and Crusade shirts with your smart phone
• Donate appreciated stock, life insurance policies or other non-cash property
• Consider including the Crusade through a bequest

Mailing address:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Or call: (502) 582-7706

The mission of the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children improves the futures of children with special needs by inspiring people to give and awarding grants.

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 $154 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 national charity or organization. Firefighters raise more than 50 percent of the Crusade’s annual donations.

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. More is online at

All for the kids!

WHAS11’s Melissa Swan and Doug Proffitt took one for the team today! After being challenged by the WHAS11 Good Morning Kentuckiana crew (Andy Treinen, Kelsey Starks, Ben Pine and Brooke Katz), they agreed to take the Crusade Cold Water Challenge at Pleasure Ridge Park Fire District. Good sports! Take a look!

J D Shelburne brings his country magic to the Crusade Saturday night

The Miracle Dancers will add a touching performance Saturday night

The Latkovski sisters will appear on the Crusade Saturday night

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