2023 WHAS Crusade for Children Grants announced

2023 WHAS Crusade for Children Grants announced

Agencies, schools and hospitals dedicated to serving children with special needs in Kentucky and Southern Indiana received great news from the WHAS Crusade for Children. Just weeks following the 70th WHAS Crusade for Children telethon, 100% of the $6,232,176.70 collected was awarded in the form of 220 grants to help make life better for children with special needs in Kentuckiana.

30-hour telethon
All the grant recipients were notified this week that their grant requests will be funded thanks to the generous donations received during the 30-hour telethon. The telethon was broadcasted on WHAS11 television, 840WHAS radio, WBNA-TV21 (Louisville), WBKO-TV13 (Bowling Green), and streamed worldwide on WHAS11.com, WHAS11+, and Facebook during the weekend of June 3-4. The WHAS Crusade for Children continues to be America’s most successful local telethon, highlighting the unwavering support and commitment of communities in this region to making a positive difference in the lives of children with special needs.

100% for the kids!
In its first 70 years, the Crusade has raised more than $211 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 in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

It all adds up!
From individual donors who drop pocket change into boots at firefighter collection sites 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 WHAS Crusade for Children announces its grants for 2023 – 2024. 220 grants have been awarded totaling $6,232,176.70. That matches the tote board at the conclusion of the 70th annual WHAS Crusade for Children which took place on June 3 – 4, 2023.

Grant funds become available as the Crusade for Children begins a new fiscal year on September 1, 2023.

Click here to learn more about the WHAS Crusade for Children grant process.

Click here to see a recap of the 2023 70th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.



4 Leaf Friends $55,000.00

Adair County Board of Education $40,000.00
Allegro Dance Project $6,350.00
American National Red Cross $7,000.00
American Printing House for the Blind $5,000.00
Americana Community Center – Capital Request $30,000.00
Americana Community Center – Program Request $8,600.00
Anchorage Independent School District $28,000.00
Appalachian Regional Healthcare $14,000.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $40,000.00
Art Center of the Bluegrass $1,200.00
Arts for All Kentucky $8,600.00
Asbury University – Scholarships $22,000.00

Baptist Health Foundation – Greater Louisville $250,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation – Hardin $183,477.94
Baptist Health Foundation – Madisonville $10,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation – Paducah $25,500.00
Bardstown Independent Schools $27,000.00
Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center $7,000.00
Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center $15,000.00
Bellarmine University – Scholarships $22,000.00
Bellarmine University – Kids on the Move $70,000.00
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest $16,000.00
Best Buddies International $5,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana $16,000.00
Bluegrass Center for Autism $30,000.00
Borden-Henryville Schools $16,000.00
Boy Scouts of America – Lincoln Heritage Council $13,000.00
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana $8,600.00
Breckinridge County Board of Education $35,000.00
Bullitt County Public Schools $45,000.00

Camp Tessa $9,000.00
Campbellsville Independent Schools $15,000.00
Carriage House Educational Services $60,000.00
CASA at Woodlawn (of the Bluegrass) $5,500.00
CASA of Calloway and Marshall Counties $6,000.00
CASA of Lexington $15,000.00
CASA of Nelson County – NELCASA $10,000.00
CASA of South Central Kentucky $8,000.00
CASA of the Heartland $10,000.00
CASA of the River Region $25,000.00
Cerebral Palsy KIDS Center Pediatric Therapies $16,000.00
Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass $2,000.00
Childrens Hospital Foundation – Nortons Neurosurgery $686,500.00
Christian Academy: Providence School $21,000.00
Clark County Youth Shelter And Family Services $12,000.00
Cloverport Independent School District $35,000.00
Commonwealth Health Foundation – Med Center $5,000.00
Commonwealth Theatre Center $8,000.00
Community Action of Southern Indiana $20,000.00
Community Medical Associates – Norton Children’s Medical Group – Autism $30,000.00
Community Medical Associates – Norton Children’s Medical Group – Hosp Neonatal POCUS $55,000.00
Community Medical Associates – Norton Children’s Medical Group-Pediatric Nutrition Services $60,000.00
Community Medical Associates – Norton Children’s Medical Group – Child Development Ctr. $35,000.00
Community Medical Associates – Norton Children’s Medical Group – Pediatric Cardiology $23,000.00
Community Medical Associates – Norton Children’s Medical Group – Urology $50,000.00
Council on Developmental Disabilities $7,000.00
Critically Loved $7,500.00

Deaf Youth Sports Festival $15,000.00
Decode Project $15,000.00
DELTA Foundation $3,000.00
Dorman Preschool Center $21,000.00
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky $8,000.00
Down Syndrome of Louisville $25,000.00
Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky – The Buddy House $14,500.00
Dreams With Wings, Inc. $8,000.00
Dyslexia Association of The Pennyrile $3,600.00

Easter Seals Cardinal Hill $4,000.00
Easter Seals West Kentucky $3,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Assistive Technology $15,350.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Developmental Disabilities Clinic $3,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Special Ed Scholarships $23,000.00
Eminence Independent School $22,000.00
Englishton Park Children’s Summer Camp Program $5,500.00
Exploited Children’s Help Organization $8,500.00

Family & Children’s Place $31,000.00
Family Ark $20,000.00
Family Enrichment Center $7,000.00
Family Scholar House $15,000.00
Father Maloney’s Boys & Girls Haven $74,000.00
FEAT of Louisville $14,000.00
Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation $38,000.00
Floyd Memorial Foundation $50,000.00
Francis Parker School of Louisville $11,000.00
Franklin County Schools $20,000.00
Friends of Open Door Youth Services $13,000.00
Friends School $35,000.00
Fund for The Arts $8,000.00

Gateway Children’s Services $5,000.00
Gateway Community Action $2,000.00
Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana $12,000.00
Grayson County Schools $18,000.00
Greater Clark County Schools $23,000.00
Greater Louisville Rowing Foundation $2,500.00
Green County Board of Education $17,500.00
Green Hill Therapy $23,000.00
Green River Area Down Syndrome Association $3,000.00
Green River Regional Education Cooperative $6,000.00

Hancock County Public Schools $15,000.00
Harbor House of Louisville $100,000.00
Hardin County Schools Special Education Department $27,473.36
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative $17,000.00
Hart County Board of Education $16,450.00
Henry County Public Schools $45,000.00
Heuser Hearing & Language Academy $27,000.00
Hindman Settlement School $12,000.00
Home of the Innocents $112,000.00
Hosparus Health – Capital Grant $45,000.00
Hosparus Health – Program Grant $40,000.00
Hospice – Bluegrass Care Navigators $9,000.00

I Would Rather Be Reading $9,500.00

Jefferson County Public Schools – Early Childhood $5,500.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Occupational and Physical Therapy $80,000.00
Jeffersonville Township Public Library $1,200.00
Jessamine County Schools $5,000.00
Jewish Community of Louisville – Capital Grant $35,000.00
Jewish Community of Louisville – Program Grant $15,000.00
Johnson County Schools $20,000.00
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana $4,000.00

Kendyl And Friends Foundation $12,000.00
Kentuckiana Children’s Center $9,000.00
Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation $6,200.00
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation $16,000.00
Kentucky School for The Deaf $7,000.00
Kentucky Shakespeare $2,500.00
Kids Cancer Alliance – Indian Summer Camp $10,000.00

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency $3,689.30
LaRue County Public Schools $4,000.00
Lexington Hearing And Speech Center $10,000.00
LifeSpring Health Systems $2,750.00
Lighthouse Academy at Newburg $8,250.00

Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit $7,000.00
Madison Consolidated Schools $35,000.00
Make-A-Wish $5,000.00
Marty’s Orchid House $20,000.00
Maryhurst $30,000.00
McCracken County Public Schools $17,889.95
Meade County Public Schools $30,000.00
Mercer County Schools $15,000.00
Meredith-Dunn School $17,000.00
Miracle Dancer Scholarship Foundation $10,500.00
Miracle League of Louisville $7,000.00
Mission Hope for Kids $4,500.00
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center $15,000.00

Nativity Academy at St Boniface $25,000.00
Nelson County Schools $35,000.00
New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding $10,000.00
Northern Kentucky Childrens Law Center $13,000.00
Northern Kentucky Cooperation for Special Education $5,723.93

Oldham County Board of Education $43,000.00
Olmsted Parks Conservancy $14,000.00
Options Unlimited $20,000.00
Owensboro Dance Theatre $12,000.00
Owensboro Health Foundation $28,800.00

Paoli Community School – Throop Elementary School $17,500.00
Paws With Purpose $20,000.00
Personal Counseling Service $23,000.00
Pikeville Medical Center $50,000.00
Pitt Academy $10,000.00
Project Camp – The Center for Courageous Kids $50,000.00
Project L.E.A.R.N $9,720.00
Pulaski County Board of Education $12,000.00
Puzzle Pieces $41,000.00

Rauch, Inc. $14,000.00
Reach Services $5,000.00
Riley Children’s Foundation $7,000.00
Rockcastle County Hospital $19,683.00

Saint Joseph Berea Hospital Foundation $35,000.00
Saint Joseph London Foundation $40,000.00
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation $8,000.00
Seven Counties Services $150,000.00
Shelby County Public Schools $80,000.00
Silver Creek School $18,000.00
Society of St Vincent de Paul Council of Louisville $15,000.00
South Central Area Special Education Cooperative $22,000.00
South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block $9,000.00
Spalding University – Enabling Technologies $8,000.00
Special Olympics Kentucky $11,000.00
Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth of Kentucky $3,000.00
Spencer County Public Schools $40,000.00
Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky – Kosair Charities $15,000.00
Springs Valley School $12,000.00
Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool $12,000.00
St. Joseph Children’s Home – Capital $80,000.00
St. Joseph Children’s Home – Program $25,000.00
Stage One The Louisville Childrens Theatre $8,500.00
Summit Academy of Greater Louisville $7,500.00
Sunrise Children’s Services $20,000.00

T. J. Samson Community Hospital – Discovery Academy $120,000.00
Taylor County Board of Education $35,000.00
The Academy at River Ridge $15,000.00
The de Paul School $25,000.00
The Morton Center $21,000.00
The Point Arc of Northern Kentucky $14,000.00
The REATH Center $6,000.00
Todd County Schools $12,000.00
Trustees of Indiana University – Scholarships $9,000.00

University of Kentucky – Story Templates $7,000.00
University of Louisville – Special Education Scholarships $24,000.00
University of Louisville – Center for Women & Infants $311,500.00
University of Louisville – Dental Health $15,000.00
University of Louisville – Music Therapy Clinic $25,750.00
University of Louisville – Peace Hospital $40,000.00

Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Indiana $42,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Lexington $50,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Louisville $90,000.00
Volunteers of America Mid-States $30,000.00

Washington County Schools $8,000.00
Wendell Fosters Campus for Developmental Disabilities $20,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Camp Collab $4,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Kelly Autism Program $40,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Renshaw Early Childhood Center $29,500.00
Western Kentucky University – Special Education Scholarships $24,600.00
Whitley County Board of Education $3,362.45
Wilderness Trace Child Development Center $10,000.00
Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East $125,000.00
Woodford County Public Schools $9,000.00

YMCA Childcare Services/Safe Place Services $52,356.77
Youth Ethics And Skills Center $10,000.00
Youth Link Southern Indiana $11,000.00

TOTAL $6,232,176.70

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