So many people make a difference

So many people make a difference


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“The Greatest!”

Just days after Louisville legend Muhammad Ali passed away, the people of Kentucky and Indiana dug deep and championed the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children. The final tote board tallied $5,465,933.47 as “The Greatest” local telethon in America came to a close.

The 30-hour Internet/radio/telethon kicked off with an up tempo variety show headlined by Louisville Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams’ Jazz Band, hosted by WHAS11’s Rachel Platt and 840 WHAS radio’s Terry Meiners on Saturday, June 4. It all ended with Crusade volunteers crowding into WHAS-TV’s historic studio H singing the traditional “God Bless America” just before 7:00pm (EDT) Sunday, June 5, 2016.

“It truly is an annual miracle. We’re thrilled that the wonderful people of Kentuckiana stepped up once again to help children with special needs in our community by contributing so generously to the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children,” said WHAS Crusade for Children President & CEO Dawn Lee.

100 percent of $170 million for the kids

In its first 63 years, the Crusade has raised over $170 million for children with special needs. One hundred percent of all donations raised Crusade weekend are returned in the form of grants to agencies, schools and hospitals that make life better for children with special needs.

It takes a cast of thousands to stage the annual miracle. From individual donors dropping pocket change into boots at firefighter road blocks to children with lemonade stands to corporations offering payroll deduction, it all comes together each year on the first weekend in June.

Honor your pledge

Mail your donation to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Top 5 Kentucky Fire Departments

New Castle Volunteer Fire & Rescue $311,787.63
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District $297,555.93
Fern Creek Fire Department $136,144.05
McMahan Fire Protection District $132,055.00
Highview Fire Protection District $105,491.28

Top 5 Indiana Fire Departments

Lafayette Township Fire Department $108,750
Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department $46,600
Monroe Township Fire Department $35,977.89
New Washington Fire Department $27,509
Clarksville Fire Department $26,351.17

Top Organizations

Archdiocese of Louisville $301,581
LG&E KU PPL Companies $217,641
Kosair Charities $150,000
Louisville Triple Crown of Running $142,146
Norton Healthcare $125,135

Press coverage

WHAS11 News: Full coverage of Crusade 63
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Courier-Journal: Crusade 63 is the Courier-Journal’s lead story
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News Enterprise: “Area fire depts. raise over $160k for Crusade”
Read more, click here. “WHAS Crusade for Children raises more than $5.4M”
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Courier-Journal: “WHAS Crusade for Children kicks off Saturday”
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WBKO-TV: “Renshaw Early Childhood Development Center”
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840 WHAS Radio: “WHAS Crusade Tops 5-Million”
Read more, click here. “WHAS Crusade telethon raises nearly $5.5M for children”
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Insider Louisville: “Pass the boot: A brief history of the Crusade for Children”
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Kentucky Standard: “Crusade gearing up for weekend”
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The Record: “A record-setting Crusade for Children”
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Who gave how much?

Here’s an alphabetized list of donations during the 63rd Annual WHAS Crusade for Children.

American Legion Shawnee Post 193 $2,366.22
AMVETS Post 61 $4,400.00
Anchorage Fire & EMS $4,457.09
Anchorage Schools $931.00
Anderson County $7,142.00
Anneta Fire Dept. $4,268.31
Archdiocese of Louisville $301,581.00

Bagdad Fire Dept. $17,119.85
Ballard, Lorne $14,761.50
Ballardsville Fire & Rescue $19,417.00
Baptist Health Unified Campaign $31,205.34
Barr, Dawson $100.00
Bedford VFD $6,958.92
Blim, Clare & Kathleen $435.21
Bonnieville Fire Dept. $11,727.98
Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept. $4,986.45
Bradsforville Fire Dept. $4,705.97
Breeding Fire Dept. $1,432.49
Buechel Fire Protection District $29,882.12

Camp Taylor Fire Dept. $55,456.58
Campbellsburg Fire & Rescue $8,385.34
Campbellsville / Taylor County Fire Dept. $28,262.42
Caneyville Volunteer Fire Dept. $4,578.50
Carrollton Fire Dept. $12,200.00
Census Bureau $7,827
Central Hardin FD $9,547.48
Charlestown FD $46,600.00
Children’s Calendar Cover Child winner – Sophia Evans
Chiller’s/Zesto’s Ice Cream $2,000.00
Clark, Evelyn $622.05
Clarkson Fire Dept. $5,211.36
Clarksville Fire Dept. $26,351.17
Cloverport Fire Dept. $1,783.45
Columbia-Adair County Fire Dept. $26,961.50
Cross Country Distributing $50,052.00
Crothersville Vernon Township Volunteer Fire Dept $900.00
Crusade Ambassadors $2,585.00
Cub Run Volunteer Fire Dept. $500.00
Custer Area Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept. $3,073.22

Dancensation Spring Fling $1,000.00
Diane Moore Dance Academy and Miracle Dancers $9,400.00

East 60 Volunteer Fire Dept. $12,970.15
East Grayson Fire Dept. $5,491.66
Eastwood Fire Protection District $12,118.20
Ekron Volunteer Fire Dept. $12,650.04
Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Dept. $23,205.48
Elizabethtown Fire Dept. $27,605.96
Eminence Fire Dept. $33,756.34

Fairdale Fire Department $31,279.15
Fern Creek Fire Dept. $136,144.05
Flaherty Volunteer Fire Dept. $19,664.59
Franklin Fire & EMS $400.00

Georgetown Township Fire Protection District $23,777.76
Glendale Fire Dept. $5,202.48
Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Dept. $1,000.00
Greater Clark County Schools $28,595.80
Greensburg/Green County Volunteer Fire Dept. $13,417.88
Greenville Township Fire Protection Dept. $23,599.46

Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Co. $2,041.71
Hardinsburg VFD $15,000.00
Hardyville Vol. Fire Dept. $821.38
Harned Fire and Rescue $24,013.13
Harrison Township / Corydon Volunteer Fire Department $24,200
Harrods Creek Fire Dept. $12,072.22
Harvest Homecoming & New Albany Fire Dept. $20,668.65
Hazelwood Center $1,897.67
Heth Township VFD $5,342.41
Highview Fire Dept. $105,491.28
Horse Cave Volunteer Fire Dept. $415.00

Irvington VFD $8,926.12

Jefferson County Public Schools $118,027.97
Jeffersontown Fire Protection District $34,000.00
Jeffersonville Fire Dept. $24,371.49
Jennings Township VFD $11,518.05

Kaelin Sisters $102.76
Kelly Knoop – Donation and Receipt of Buddy Award $4,650.00
Kent Volunteer Fire Company $625.00
Kentuckiana Corvette Club & Moose Lodge 5 $10,867.00
Kentucky 86 Fire & Rescue $15,376.00
Knifley Area Volunteer Fire Dept. $311.70
Kosair Charities $150,000.00

Lafayette Township Fire Protection District $107,070.44
LaGrange Fire and Rescue $35,294.51
Lake Dreamland Fire Dept. $47,397.20
Lake Jericho Fire & Rescue $3,641.85
Lanesville Fire Dept. $18,514.45
Larue / Hodgenville Fire Dept. $3,073.30
Leavenworth Crusaders $3,601.93
Lebanon Fire District $37,055.00
Lebanon Junction Fire Dept. $5,007.40
Leitchfield Fire Dept. $12,513.28
Lexington Indiana Volunteer Fire and Rescue $1,718.65
LG&E KU PPL Companies $217,641.00
Loretto VFD $4,001.17
Louisville Fire and Rescue $33,812.00
Louisville Football Youth $500.00
Louisville Low Rider $1,410.00
Louisville Street Rods $2,400.00
Louisville Triple Crown of Running $142,146.00
Lyndon Fire Protection District $19,885.06

Madison Township VFW (Western Fire Co.) $2,386.76
Magnolia Volunteer Fire Dept. (with LaRue) $1,183.06
Marion County Grand Total $50,343.02
McAfee Fire Department $971.50
McAlister’s Deli $77,145.70
McDaniels Fire Dept. $6,549.42
McMahan Fire Protection District $132,055.00
Meade County Fire and Rescue $15,874.31
Middletown Fire District $58,000.00
Milltown Volunteer Fire Dept. $16,199.51
Milton Volunteer Fire Dept. $1,884.54
Mitchell Johnson $100.00
Monroe Twp VFD $35,977.89
Mortenson Family Dental $10,000.00
Mount Eden VFD $12,401.69
Mt. Washington Fire Dept. $23,525.00
Muldraugh Fire Dept. $2,125.13

New Castle Vol. Fire & Rescue $311,787.63
New Chapel Fire Company $6,892.69
New Middletown Fire Dept. $10,092.00
New Washington VFD $27,509.00
Newkirk, Bill $1,610.09
Nichols VFD $14,564.62
North Oldham Fire Dept. $11,613.00
Norton Healthcare $125,134.89
Nuss, Rosie $1,000.00

Okolona Fire Department – Milwaukee Tool Raffle Winner – Doc Gahafer
Okolona Fire Protection District $60,748.62

Palmyra Fire Dept. $10,640.06
Parkway Rehab & Nursing Center $1,215.00
Payneville Fire Dept. $23,298.32
Pewee Valley Fire Protection District $26,380.00
Pierce Polk Volunteer Fire Department $5,255.96
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District Total $297,555.93
Pleasureville VFD $12,192.46
Probilt Automotive, Keith Tennill $375.00

Radcliff Fire Dept. $16,000.00
Radial, Geo $10,000.00
Ramsey VFD $15,176.64
Raywick VFD $3,580.88
Republic Bank – Steve Trager $7,500.00
Rineyville Fire Dept. $8,628.13
Russell Springs Fire Dept. $6,361.50

Salem Fire Dept. $14,639.61
Scottsburg Fire Dept. $7,107.38
Sellersburg VFD $10,000.00
Shelby County Fire Dept. $77,746.02
Shelbyville Fire & Rescue $17,595.34
Shepherdsville Fire Dept. $27,270.99
Shively Fire Dept. $16,326.38
Simpsonville VFD $18,151.00
Sonora Fire & Rescue $8,650.51
South Oldham Fire & Rescue $49,470.22
Southeast Bullitt Fire Dept. $20,059.90
Southern Indiana Rehab $4,066.75
Sparkles & Spurs $1,889.08
Spencer County / Taylorsville Fire Dept. $21,000.00
Springfield / Washington County Fire Dept. $6,203.93
St. James Church $907.35
St. Marks United Church of Christ $2,000.28
St. Matthews Fire Protection District $58,213.00
St. Athanasius School Beta Club $1,219.87
Stephensburg VFD $6,249.00
Summersville Fire Department $4,431.17
Sunnyside Square Dancers $281.02
Superior Van & Mobility $6,300.00

Ted Throckmorton Memorial Golf Tournament $19,463.00
Texas Roadhouse $2,500.00
The Temple $4,000

University of Louisville – UofL Cares Campaign $15,185.90
Upton Volunteer Fire & Rescue $1,977.61
Utica Township Fire Dept. $8,191.15

Valley Creek Fire Dept. $36,030.00
Versailles Fire & Rescue $2,194.63
Vine Grove Fire Dept. $9,987.54

Waddy Volunteer Fire Dept. $13,949.70
Wax Fire & Rescue $2,422.00
Webster Area Volunteer Fire Dept. $3,420.03
West 84 Volunteer Fire Dept. $3,884.21
Westpoint Volunteer Fire Dept. $5,639.34
Westport Fire Dept. $2,556.31
WHAS11 Tour Kentuckiana Golf Card $2,500.00
White Mills Volunteer Fire Dept. $5,318.75
Willisburg Fire Dept. $2,781.75
Woodford County Fire Department $6,964.00
Worthington Fire Dept. $1,470.00

Zoneton Fire Protection District $94,369.19

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