69th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children is ON THE AIR!

69th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children is ON THE AIR!

There are many ways to give!

Donate By phone

Call 502-582-7511
Toll Free 1-888-382-7511

Operators are standing by!

Donate by Mail

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

Please be sure to make note if the donation is in honor or memory of someone or if you’d like to give credit to a certain fire department.

Donate Securely Online

Give online safely and securely. There is a section where someone can honor/memorialize a loved one or credit a fire department.

Watch the Crusade LIVE on WHAS11.com

Click here to watch continuous LIVE streaming on WHAS11.com.

Watch the Crusade LIVE on Facebook

Click here to watch continuous LIVE streaming on Facebook.


Venmo a donation to @CrusadeForChildren. You can credit your fire department in the comments section.

Cash App

Just like Venmo, use Cash App and make a secure donation to $CrusadeChildren. You can credit your fire dept. in the notes section.


If you use PayPal, you can use it to donate to the WHAS Crusade for Children!


If you have an Amazon smart device, just say, “Alexa, donate to the Crusade for Children…” and Alexa will talk you through your secure donation, charging it to your card on file with Amazon.


New this year! You can donate to the Crusade using ApplePay.

Donate via Facebook

Go to the Crusade’s Facebook page to donate securely online. Facebook does not keep any fees for a charitable donation!

Who gave how much? It’s all listed here

Here’s a running list of fire departments, organizations and companies as they appeared on the 69th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children.
This list will be refreshed throughout the weekend. So keep checking back!

Campbellsburg Fire Department – Kentucky $8,824.10
LaGrange Fire and Rescue $22,247.68
Ballardsville Fire Department $10,107.00
Tony Walker Financial $5,000.00
Hazelwood Community Homes & New Vista – Paul Hall $593.00
Jefferson County Public Schools $69,014.59
Sparkles & Spurs $2,157.00
Okolona Fire Department Auxiliary – Milwaukee Tools Raffle Winner: Kenny Settle $1,500.00
Baptist Health Foundation $10,000.00
Okolona Street Rods $8,420.00
Angelica Smith $500.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services $1,106.00
Jewish Community of Louisville $180.00
Amvets Post 61 $1,843.00
Over Takers Car Club $215.00
Black Box Dumpster $789.83
Meredith Dunn School $1,536.35
Lemonade Stand – Andrew & Elizabeth $400.00
Greater Louisville Rowing $1,000.00
Lemonade Stand – Paisley & Fiona $480.00
Retired McMahan Firefighters $7,805.00
Lemonade Stand – Anthony, Audrey & Tristan $200.00
Lemonade Stand – Ava Canterbury $283.57
Lemonade Stand – Max, Huck & Charlie Davis $239.79
Lemonade Stand – Madison Kazunas & Holden Greener $214.46
Lemonade Stand – Isaiah $200.00
Lemonade Stand – Sam & Zach Benson & Max Schuster $2,357.43
Green County Fire Department $16,198.36
Breeding Area Fire Department $2,133.74
Columbia Fire Department $52,851.76
Campbellsville – Taylor County Fire Department $35,716.10
Kelly Knoop and family $9,300.69
Diane Moore Miracle Dancers $9,000.00
Milltown Fire Department $14,300.00
Superior Van & Mobility – More for the Kids Sponsor $6,900.00
Kentuckiana Corvette Club & Moose Lodge 5 $12,547.00
NuLu Business Association $500.00
St. Matthews Fire Protection District $91,058.00
South Oldham Fire Department $51,281.75
Clarksville Fire Department $55,232.00
TEGNA Foundation $10,000.00
Norton Healthcare Employees $115,567.80
In Memory of Lorne Ballard $23,580.00
Arami Acres Equine Program $2,100.00
Livonia Fire Department $712.70
Anchorage Public School Read-A-Thon $8,661.60
New Albany Fire Department $7,016.25
Fairdale Fire Department $28,542.38
LG&E and KU Foundation $398,104.00
Buddy Award Honoree: Wayne Perkey
Palmyra Fire Department $12,067.02
Scottsburg Fire Department $13,527.15
Ekron Fire Department $26,830.63
Bluegrass World of Wheels $17,000.00
Tri-Township Fire & Rescue $12,917.91
McCulloch Volunteer Fire Department $10,731.12
Nichols Fire Department $6,840.33
Leavenworth Crusaders – Wilkins Family $5,155.00
Highview Fire District $106,235.85
Ramsey Volunteer Fire & EMS $26,889.29
First Harrison Bank – More for the Kids Sponsor $1,500.00
Jeffersonville Fire Department $15,850.91
Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant $2,500.00
UofL and UL Health – More for the Kids Sponsor $6,900.00
Pewee Valley Fire Protection District $64,644.03
Jeffersontown Fire District $111,959.80
Heth Township Volunteer Fire Department $14,824.11
In Memory of Milton and Mimi Metz – from Perry Metz $5,000.00
Southeast Bullitt Fire Department $20,193.39
Meade County Fire Protection District $9,142.14
The Temple $3,600.00
Georgetown Township Volunteer Fire Department $23,227.57
Crusade Board of Directors – More for the Kids Sponsor $2,700.00
Jennings Township Volunteer Fire Department $14,929.70
Payneville Fire Department $12,314.50
Boone Township Volunteer Fire Department $7,069.30
Clarkson Volunteer Fire Department $8,908.15
East Grayson Fire Department $6,649.00
Hardinsburg Fire Department $6,298.52
Harned Area Fire Department $36,113.13
McDaniels Vol. Fire Department $9,521.76
Wax Fire Department $5,012.25
Custer Area Vol. Fire & Rescue Department $4,686.76
Leitchfield Fire Department $16,320.89
Glendale Fire Department $2,967.23
Sonora Fire Department $5,245.71
Stephensburg Fire & Rescue $7,410.00
White Mills Volunteer Fire Department $7,060.00
West 84 Volunteer Fire Department 3405
West Point Fire Department $12,358.60
Kentucky 86 Fire Department $21,000.00
Lebanon Junction Fire Department $9,816.08
Rineyville Fire Department $12,830.00
Vine Grove Fire Department $13,871.53
Central Hardin Fire Department $1,583.85
Upton Fire Department $2,288.20
Valley Creek Fire Department $15,105.00
Simpsonville Fire Department $12,890.24
New Castle Fire Department 15,583.75
Pleasureville Fire Department $8,711.70
Eminence Fire Department $11,550.57
Bagdad Fire Protection District $12,163.71
Taylorsville Fire Department $38,108.76
Shelbyville Fire Department $15,822.81
Waddy Fire Department $13,757.79
Bedford Fire Department $8,936.71
Zoneton Fire Protection District $118,341.77
Leavenworth Fire District $6,363.25
Borden/Wood Township Fire Department $3,420.83
Anchorage – Middletown Fire Department $72,541.57
Kentucky Kingdom $5,000.00
TOPS #20 – Tammy Sizemore $300.00
Shepherdsville Fire Department $33,412.97
New Middletown VFD $10,356.56
Mt. Washington Fire Protection $51,608.10
Monroe TWP Vol. Fire Department $72,431.00
Westport Fire Department $4,328.26
Charlestown Vol. Fire Department $57,017.89
Lanesville VFD $17,959.85
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District $156,175.94
Republic Bank & Trust Co. $6,900.00
Elizabeth Vol. Fire Department $25,320.00
Shively Fire Department $10,140.81
Harrison Township / Corydon Volunteer Fire Department $21,802.43
Okolona Fire Department $47,984.29
Flaherty Fire Department $31,217.89
Woodford County Fire Department $15,388.00
Shelby County Fire & Rescue $86,831.88
Willisburg Fire Department $3,785.00
Springfield-Washington Co Fire Dept $8,615.68
Raywick Fire Department $7,097.92
Gravel Switch Fire Department $4,276.70
Bradfordsville Fire Department $4,339.67
Loretto Fire Department $7,047.27
Lebanon Fire Department $41,222.00
New Hope Fire Department $2,700.00
Rolling Fork & New Haven Fire Departments $21,828.39
Northeast Nelson Fire Department $21,779.66
Boston Fire Department $5,266.76
Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department $18,969.01
Lafayette Township Fire Dept $92,777.31
Greater Clark County Schools $21,246.00
Republic Bank & Trust Co. $10,000.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $211,558.00
Fern Creek Split the Pot Winner: Doug Debold
Fern Creek & Buechel Fire Departments $147,750.89
Crusade Endowment $500,000.00

TOTAL: $5,133,684.69

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Firefighters and communities back in-person for the 69th WHAS Crusade for Children

The 69th WHAS Crusade for Children is scheduled for June 4-5, 2022. Communities throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana have been a key part of the WHAS Crusade for Children since 1954. Crusade supporters come together each year to help make life better for children with special needs in Kentucky and Indiana. Many fire departments are bringing back in-person events and donation collections this year.

Shay McAlister and Terry Meiners host
This year’s telethon will feature some live performances for the Variety Show beginning at 8pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 4. The show will be hosted by WHAS11’s Shay McAlister and 840 WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners and will bring great entertainment right into viewers’ homes. They will be joined by Patrick Henry Hughes who is returning in-person for the first time since 2019. Renowned magician and long-time Crusade friend David Garrard will amaze viewers with his magic tricks. American Idol contestant Jackson Snelling, of Austin, Indiana, will also be performing this year. Other performers taking part in this year’s show include The Miracle Dancers, The Diane Moore Dancers, Magician Lance Burton, Hazel Miller and the Collective, The Southern Sirens, Sweet Harmony and Michelle Sydnor and Friends; plus performances by recording artist Ricky Beavers and American Idol contestant Layla Spring of Marion County, Kentucky.

Firefighters still leading the way
Fire departments across Kentucky and southern Indiana raise nearly 60 percent of Crusade donations each year by staging roadblocks and hosting other events. Some fire departments will also host drive through collection sites at their fire stations or at other convenient locations for donors to drop off donations. Check with your local fire departments and other civic groups to find out how they will be collecting donations this year.

here are also many digital ways to donate. Fire departments get fundraising credit if you include their name when using the following ways to give:

• ApplePay
• Venmo @CrusadeForChildren
• CashApp $CrusadeChildren
• PayPal WHAS Crusade for Children
• WHASCrusade.org

In addition, Facebook users can host a Facebook fundraiser for the WHAS Crusade for Children at https://www.facebook.com/fund/WHASCrusade/.

Crusade Network
The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 4 and airs in its entirety on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11.1) and on WHAS11.com. The tote board total will be announced just before 7:00pm (EDT) on Sunday, June 5.

In addition, WBNA-TV (Channel 21.1) in Louisville airs live broadcasts from12:30pm to 6:30pm (EDT) Sunday, June 5 from the Kentucky cities of Elizabethtown, Shelbyville and Bardstown. WBKO-TV in Bowling Green airs remote telecasts from Campbellsville on Saturday from 7:00-8:00pm (EDT) and Leitchfield from 12:30-2:00pm (EDT) on Sunday.

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

Radio Network
WHAS, Louisville (flagship station)

Internet Network
WHAS11.com will provide live video streaming of the entire broadcast visible anywhere in the world and also simulcast on Facebook Live. WHASCrusade.org will provide updates throughout the weekend and a complete list of all groups that make donations.

100 percent for the kids
In the first 68 years, the Crusade has raised $200 million for children with special needs. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to grant 100 percent of all donations to agencies, hospitals and schools that serve children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties.

It takes a cast of thousands for this annual miracle, from individual donors dropping pocket change into boots at firefighter roadblocks to schools hosting penny challenges to corporations offering payroll deduction.

About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for agencies, hospitals and schools that make life better for children with special needs. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade returns 100 percent of all donations to organizations in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 counties in southern Indiana. Fire departments raise nearly 60 percent of the money each year by staging roadblocks and hosting other events. Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

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. EIN #23-7075524.

See a list of the many NEW WAYS TO GIVE, just CLICK HERE for more.

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