Lance Burton and The Crashers to headline 70th WHAS Crusade for Children
(Louisville, KY) Master magician Lance Burton and dynamic party band The Crashers will headline the 70th WHAS Crusade for Children Variety Show presented by Kroger. It will be an unforgettable evening of enchantment, excitement, and inspiration.
Show time is 7:00pm (EDT) at the Old Forester’s Paristown Hall in Louisville. The show is open to the public, and admission is free. General seating will be available. No outside food or drink will be permitted.
The family-friendly show will be emceed by WHAS11’s Shay McAlister and 840 WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners. The audience will enjoy beloved performers such as Addy Clarkson, The Diane Moore Dancers, The Miracle Dancers, Melissa Combs, David Garrard, Patrick Henry Hughes with Kaitlyn Marie Singletary, Sheryl Rouse, Jackson Snelling, The Southern Sirens, and Michele Sydnor and Friends.
“For seventy years the WHAS Crusade for Children has brought countless moments of joy, hope, and generosity to our community. As we celebrate this milestone, we reaffirm our commitment to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Together, we can create a future full of magical and meaningful moments, where every child has the chance to shine,” said Dawn Lee, President & CEO of the WHAS Crusade for Children.
The WHAS Crusade for Children telethon will start at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 3 with fire departments, civic groups, organizations, and companies reporting donations. The telethon final total will be announced just before 7:00pm (EDT) on Sunday, June 4.
New pre-show celebration
The 70th WHAS Crusade for Children Variety Show is set to kick off with a new pre-show celebration, open to the entire community. Starting at 3:30pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 3, guests are invited to gather in Christy’s Garden at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall for a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment and activities. Featuring magicians, face painting, music, and more, this pre-show celebration is the perfect way to start the weekend and show support for children with special needs.
We Have All Shared
The WHAS Crusade for Children is proud to announce a special tribute to our legacy stations, WHAS11 and 840 WHAS. As we celebrate 70 years of making a difference in the lives of children with special needs, we’re bringing back a phrase that embodies the spirit of our community: “We Have All Shared.” This phrase, which we used in our early years, honors the firefighters, volunteers, donors, and community supporters who have shared their time, talent, and donations year after year.
Firefighters continue to lead the way
Firefighters remain at the forefront of the WHAS Crusade for Children, leading the way in fundraising and community support. Fire departments across Kentucky and southern Indiana raise nearly 60 percent of the Crusade donations, hosting official donation sites and organizing a wide range of community events. To learn more about the many fundraising events organized by fire departments, visit the events page on WHASCrusade.org.
Make a donation
Tax-deductible contributions can be made year-round online on www.WHASCrusade.org or by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Digital donations can also be made using ApplePay, Venmo, CashApp, and PayPal. In addition, Facebook users can make a donation on the WHAS Crusade for Children Facebook page or host a Facebook fundraiser for the Crusade. Fire departments and other civic groups will also still be hosting collecting donations this year.
Chance to win new appliances
The WHAS Crusade for Children and GE Appliance Park, located in Louisville, are both celebrating their 70th anniversaries this year by teaming up on an appliances raffle to help children with special needs. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, and there will be three amazing GE Appliances packages with delivery and installation included anywhere in the contiguous U.S.:
• 1st Prize: GE Refrigerator, Range, Dishwasher, and Microwave
• 2nd Prize: GE Washer and Dryer Set
• 3rd Prize: GE Profile Opal Nugget Ice Maker
The drawing will be held at WHAS-TV on Sunday, June 4, 2023, and contestants must be 18 years of age or older to enter. You do not need to be present to win. However, please note that the winner will be responsible for all taxes related to the prize and must fill out an IRS Form W-9 prior to receiving the appliances. The WHAS Crusade for Children will remit the Form W-2G to the IRS and Kentucky Revenue Cabinet with the prize value and winner’s name. Go to WHASCrusade.org for more details.
One hundred percent for the kids
In its first 69 years, the Crusade has raised a cumulative total of more than $205 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.
At the heart of this effort are the thousands of people who come together each year to make the Crusade a success. From individual donors who drop pocket change into boots at firefighter road blocks to children with lemonade stands to corporations that offer payroll deduction, it all comes together during this annual miracle on the first weekend in June.
The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 3 and airs in its entirety on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11.1) and on WHAS11.com.
In addition, WBNA-TV (Channel 21.1) in Louisville will air live broadcasts from 1:30pm to 6:30pm Sunday, June 4 from the Kentucky cities of Elizabethtown, Shelbyville and Bardstown. WBKO-TV in Bowling Green airs remote telecasts from Campbellsville on Saturday and Leitchfield on Sunday.
WHAS-TV, Louisville (flagship station)
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
WHAS, Louisville (flagship station)
WHAS11.com will provide live video streaming of the entire broadcast visible anywhere in the world. It will also simulcast on YouTube and Facebook Live. WHASCrusade.org will provide updates throughout the weekend and a complete list of all groups that make donations.
About Lance Burton
For three decades Lance Burton was a Las Vegas Headliner, performing over 15,000 shows for over 15 Million fans. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Lance Burton burst onto the national stage on October 28, 1981 by making his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Over the years he racked up appearances on David Letterman, Jay Leno, The View, Craig Ferguson, The World’s Greatest Magic, Hollywood Squares, and even acted in guest starring roles on Knight Rider and Las Vegas.
In 1996 Lance Burton’s first TV special, LANCE BURTON MASTER MAGICIAN; THE LEGEND BEGINS, aired on NBC. This was quickly followed by a series of annual TV specials. He also hosted specials for The History Channel, Discovery, Animal Planet, The Family Channel, and many more.
His new live show “Lance Burton & Friends” is a mix of illusions, sleight of hand, audience participation, and amazing guest stars. A Las Vegas show suitable for the whole family!
About The Crashers
Widely recognized as one of the nation’s best party bands, The Crashers are the perfect band for any occasion! With their unparalleled energy, extensive song list and extraordinary musical talent along with audience interaction, they will make your event incredibly fun and memorable and keep it ROCKING all night long!
Members of The Crashers have been certified as gold and platinum selling artists by the Recording Industry Association of America and The Canadian Recording Industry Association. They have also made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Grand Ole Opry, MTV and many more. These outstanding musicians have toured all over the world sharing the stage with world famous artists such as Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Aerosmith, and Michael McDonald.
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. In its first 69 years, the Crusade has raised more than $205 million. 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 hosting official donation sites and 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.
For more information, contact Deandra Jackson at (502) 582-7525.