This Letter to the Editor was published in the July 20, 2018 edition of The Courier-Journal. It was written by Brennen Lawrence, chair of the WHAS Crusade for Children board and CEO of Cuddle Clones.
It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the WHAS Crusade for Children for over 30 years, initially getting involved through the fire service. For the past nine years, I have served on the board of directors, acting as the chair for the last three years. My appreciation for the generosity of the people in Kentuckiana has grown tremendously during this time.
For 65 years, the annual phenomenon known as the Crusade has been an important part of this community. Once again in June, we all came together for the kids, making it possible to award 229 grants this year, totaling $5,675,000. We are proud to continue the tradition of returning 100 percent of the contributions to hospitals, schools, and agencies throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
The Crusade Advisory Panel is a group of interdenominational ministers (rabbis, priests, pastors and reverends) who determine the grant allocations each year. This year was especially difficult, with $14.9 million in requests.
This year, charitable gifts from the people of Kentuckiana will be visible through many worthwhile projects and programs serving children with special needs. Your donations will be allocated to:
• 137 agencies and programs serving children with special needs
• 47 school districts throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana
• 14 individual schools that are not part of a district
• 16 hospitals throughout the region
• 9 capital projects
• 6 universities for scholarships designated for special education teachers
This would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of firefighters, who remain the heart of the Crusade. This effort also includes so many children, parents, churches, synagogues, businesses and schools who have personally collected. It is humbling to see the depth and breadth of the grants that are possible this year due to such great compassion. As a result, many children who have special needs will get the help they deserve.
Board of Directors
WHAS Crusade for Children
Learn more about the Crusade
The WHAS Crusade for Children funds more than 200 agencies, schools and hospitals each year. These funds help make life better for children with special needs.
Funding from the WHAS Crusade for Children is giving the Family Enrichment Center a boost in resources to serve children’s needs during difficult times through their Parents as Teachers program.
Since 2007 the Family Enrichment Center has received $117,000 in Crusade funding to help families.
Welcome to the 11th annual Crusade Children’s Calendar! The WHAS Crusade for Children is creating a 15-month calendar that will begin in October, 2018.
The contest is open to children who are not older than 5-years-old by June 1, 2018.
How it works
As child photos are submitted, they will be seen here on WHASCrusade.org. People then vote for their favorite child by sending in donations to the Crusade. The child with the most donations (votes) will appear on the calendar cover. The child with the second most donations will appear on his or her favorite month. Third place will choose his or her month and so on til all months are filled. Please read the official rules below.
The Crusade will have professional photos taken of the top 16 children and those are the photos that will appear in the calendar. All children will be included in the calendar. Those who don’t make the top 16 will get day and date spots chosen in finishing order. Vote getter number 17 will get first choice of day and date, then number 18, etc.
Get started here
All entrants must fill out the Calendar Entry Form.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Read the complete rules below
2. Click on the graphics below to download the forms
3. Fill out the ENTRY form
4. Email or mail the completed ENTRY form, $25 entry fee and baby picture
Send in your child’s photo and entry forms!
Those interested, must send in one (1) child photo or CD containing one (1) child photo. The photo will not be returned.
Email your photo, Calendar Entry Form plus the $25 entry fee to:
To e-mail Deandra, click here
Via Postal Service
Mail your photo, Calendar Entry Form and $25 entry fee to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Photos and entry forms must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
Call (502) 582-7706
Read these complete rules
1. The WHAS Crusade for Children will create a 15-month calendar starting October, 2018.
2. The contest is open to children who are not older than 5 years by June 1, 2018.
3. One child photo or CD with photo and child’s name must be submitted and will not be returned.
4. Parent(s) must check the box on the ENTRY FORM RELEASE AGREEMENT allowing use of child’s image.
5. Photos & entry forms must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
6. All child photos will be posted on www.WHASCrusade.org
7. The Crusade will photograph the top 16 children for calendar publication.
8. Winners will be determined by the largest monetary donation (voting by contribution).
9. All donations must be received by 4:00pm EDT May 25, 2018.
10. The winner will be featured on the calendar cover.
11. The second place winner gets first choice of a specific month.
12. The third place winner gets second choice of a specific month.
13. The fourth through 16th winners will get choice of the remaining months.
14. The winners finishing 17th and beyond will get choice of specific days in the year.
15. The top 16 finalists will receive one free 8″x10″ photo.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 64 years, the Crusade has raised more than $175 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade for Children is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks 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. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
Seen annually on the WHAS Crusade for Children, George would join his daughter Kelly and other family members to announce their donations to the Crusade. Over the decades, they have raised more than $100,000. They went door-to-door as well as placing jars and collection cans in businesses across their Louisville Germantown neighborhood.
George, Kelly and family have been one of the highlights on the Crusade Variety Show each year on the first Saturday in June live from the Kentucky Center’s Bomhard Theater seen on WHAS11 and heard on 840WHAS. Often interviewed by the late Milton Metz and most recently by Renee Murphy of WHAS11 News.
Here is George’s obituary as it appeared in the Courier-Journal.
Knoop, George E., 84, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
He retired from Value City in 1998, was an Army veteran, and a member of Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine “Joey” Knoop; a son-in-law, John Shircliff III; a brother-in-law, Harlan Altman; and an infant brother.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Heil, Kathy Staples (Billy), Karlene Shircliff, Karyl Belza (Jim) and Kelly Knoop; 7 grandchildren, Scott Heil his companion, Benjamin Heil (Lisa), Amanda Burk (Chris), McKenzie and Olivia “Lake” Shircliff, and Sam and Ruthie Belza 5 great grandchildren; 4 sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a. m. Saturday at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 760 Eastern Parkway with burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 – 8 p. m. Friday at Embry-Bosse Funeral Home, 2723 Preston Highway.
Memorial gifts may be made to the WHAS Crusade for Children an organization that he worked for tirelessly.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Feb. 22, 2018
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — He was a fixture on the WHAS Crusade for Children from its beginnings in 1954.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of WHAS-TV and Radio legend, Milton Metz. He died peacefully in Louisville at the age of 95.
Milton became one of this area’s most recognized personalities, first heard on WHAS Radio in 1946. He helped put WHAS-TV on the air. In fact, he was one of the first faces you saw on WHAS-TV in 1950.
Milton just celebrated his 95th birthday in September in rehab. The WHAS Crusade for Children staff brought him a cake. More than 300 viewers mailed get well cards to him after he had fallen and broken his shoulder in the summer and was in recovery last August. He loved every card and letter, and along the way, he always said he was getting wonderful care.
His trailblazing nighttime radio show called “Metz Here” was one of the first nighttime talk shows in the United States. It ran from 1959 to 1993.
He also hosted “Omelet” on WHAS-TV, an interview program that aired before the Noon News on WHAS-TV. He picked Faith Lyles as his co-host.
He retired from 840 WHAS-AM in 1993 but kept doing ads for TV and Radio.
He came to Louisville from Columbus, Ohio and married his beloved wife Mimi whom he met in Louisville. She died last April. He is survived by his son Perry Metz.
Funeral arrangements are pending through the Herman Meyer Funeral Home.
Watch Milton on the 10th annual WHAS Crusade for Children opening in 1963.
Watch Milton’s appearance on the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children in 2016.
Watch a reflection of Milton’s career and life captured by WHAS11 news.
Click here for more coverage from WHAS11.com.
Click here for more coverage from The Courier-Journal.
Click here to hear Milton Metz interview a 20 year-old Muhammad Ali on 840 WHAS when he was still Cassius Clay. It was originally broadcast on WHAS on November 29, 1962.
For more information on the event go to Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant website, just click here.
Grants presentation in Adair County
WHAS Crusade for Children President & CEO Dawn Lee presented $222,863.00 in Crusade grants to 14 south central Kentucky agencies that serve children with special needs. Those 14 grants range from $3,500 to $54,280 and will fund everything from hippotherapy to technology for children with hearing loss.
This year 15 fire departments that collect in that region collected a total of $150,286.
This luncheon at Lindsey Wilson College was an opportunity to celebrate those who volunteer to fulfill the Crusade’s mission of serving children with special needs across the commonwealth of Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Click here to see photos of the event on Facebook.
Crusade awards 230 grants
Crusade awards 100 percent of $5,465,933.47 collected this year to agencies
in Kentucky and Southern Indiana
Agencies, hospitals and schools across Kentuckiana that serve children with special needs are getting some great news from the WHAS Crusade for Children this week.
The Crusade sent out grant letters this week to 202 organizations to let them know their grant requests will be funded from the $5,465,933.47 collected during the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon. The 30-hour broadcast aired on WHAS11 television, 840WHAS radio and worldwide on WHAS11.com during the weekend of June 4 and 5. It is America’s most successful local telethon.
“The WHAS Crusade for Children is thrilled to be awarding 230 grants this year, which is an increase over last year. The ministerial advisory panel made some difficult decisions this year, as the requests were more than double the amount raised. They selected terrific projects and programs that will improve the lives of children with special needs across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, ranging from small communication devices to large capital projects,” WHAS Crusade for Children President & CEO Dawn Lee said.
One-hundred percent of the $5.46 million collected this year was awarded in the form of 230 grants to 202 agencies, hospitals and schools throughout the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. This is the most grants awarded by the WHAS Crusade for Children in recent years.
Click here to learn more about the Crusade grant process.
Read press coverage from the Courier-Journal, just click here.
View a recap of Crusade weekend and donations, just click here.
2016 WHAS Crusade for Children Grants
LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Adair County Board of Education $30,000.00
Allegro Dance Project $5,172.00
American Printing House for the Blind $6,000.00
American Red Cross – Kentucky Region $20,000.00
Americana Community Center, Inc. $6,400.00
Anchorage Independent School District $43,173.50
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. $10,000.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $45,244.00
Asbury University – Scholarships $23,000.00
Asbury University – Virtual Learning Laboratory $4,000.00
Autism Speaks, Inc. $9,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville, Inc. $75,000.00
Bardstown Independent Schools $33,000.00
Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center, Inc. $10,000.00
Bath County Schools $10,000.00
Bell Co. School System $25,000.00
Bellarmine University – Physical Therapy $38,671.85
Bellarmine University – Scholarships $10,000.00
Best Buddies Kentucky $10,250.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Inc. $6,000.00
Bluegrass Center for Autism $25,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green, KY – War Memorial Unit $10,000.00
Boys & Girls Clubs, Inc. $10,000.00
Boys & Girls Haven $95,000.00
Breckinridge County Board of Education $40,000.00
Bullitt County Board of Education $50,000.00
Bullitt County YMCA of Greater Louisville $7,000.00
Burgin Independent Schools $25,000.00
Camp TESSA of Meade County $6,500.00
Camp TESSA, Inc. $7,000.00
Campbellsville Board of Education $17,000.00
Canaan Community Academy $10,000.00
Capital City Prep $15,000.00
Carroll County Public Schools $7,715.00
CASA of Lexington $11,500.00
CASA of Ohio Valley, Inc. $8,485.50
CASA of South Central Kentucky $7,000.00
CASA of the Bluegrass $4,100.00
CASA of the Heartland $11,250.00
CASA of the River Region $6,500.00
CASA Program for Bullitt County, Inc. $14,000.00
Caverna Board of Education $8,500.00
Center for Women and Families $12,000.00
Central Kentucky Education Cooperative $31,750.00
Child Development of the Bluegrass $3,407.75
Childplace, Inc. $16,000.00
Children’s Law Center $12,500.00
Clark County Special Education Coop $18,000.00
Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services $4,500.00
Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club $6,500.00
Cloverport Independent Schools $55,000.00
Communities in Schools of Clark Co. $11,000.00
Community Action of Southern Indiana Head Start $15,000.00
Community Action of Southern Kentucky $4,200.00
Cumberland County Board of Education $5,000.00
Dorman Preschool Center $28,000.00
Down Syndrome of Louisville, Inc. $15,000.00
Dream Riders of Kentucky, Inc. $3,000.00
Dreams With Wings Inc. $10,000.00
Dyslexia Association of the Pennyrile $3,200.00
Easter Seals West Kentucky, Inc. $4,004.00
Eastern Kentucky University, Developmental Disabilities Clinic $4,500.00
Eastern Kentucky University, College of Education $17,000.00
Elizabethtown Independent Schools $14,000.00
Eminence Independent Schools $40,000.00
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries $4,000.00
Exceptional Equitation $4,000.00
Family & Children’s Place $20,000.00
Family Ark, Inc. $10,000.00
Family Enrichment Center $10,000.00
Family Scholar House, Inc. $20,000.00
Fayette County Public School District $25,000.00
FEAT of Louisville, Inc. $13,000.00
Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation $10,000.00
Floyd Memorial Foundation $20,000.00
Franklin County Board of Education $25,000.00
Frazier Rehab Institute $30,000.00
Friends School, Inc. $20,000.00
Fund for the Arts $7,500.00
Gateway Communication Services Organization $8,000.00
Gilda’s Club Louisville $17,000.00
Grayson County Schools $20,000.00
Greater Clark County Schools $12,000.00
Greater Louisville Rowing Foundation $4,915.00
Green County Board of Education $16,000.00
Green Hill Therapy, Inc. $18,000.00
Green River Area Down Syndrome $5,770.00
Hancock County Public Schools $4,254.17
Hardin County Board of Education $50,000.00
Hardin Memorial Hospital $90,000.00
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative $9,359.66
Harrison County Hospital $3,412.05
Hart County Schools $16,000.00
Henry County Public Schools $27,120.00
Heuser Hearing & Language Academy $45,000.00
Hindman Settlement School $12,500.00
Home of the Innocents – Capital $250,000.00
Home of the Innocents – Equipment $150,000.00
Hosparus, Inc. $45,000.00
Indian Summer Camp $12,000.00
Indiana University $5,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/Asst. Technology $75,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/Autism Program $20,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/Communication Disorders $7,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program $17,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/Moderate to Severe Disabilities $30,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/OT/PT Program $40,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools/Early Childhood Special Services $6,129.20
Jefferson County Public Schools/Visually Impaired Program $9,000.00
Jefferson County Youth Shelter, Inc. $5,000.00
Jewish Community of Louisville, Inc. $4,200.00
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Inc. $4,500.00
Kentuckiana Children’s Center $20,000.00
Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation, Inc. $34,000.00
Kentucky Children’s Hospital $5,000.00
Kentucky Center For Special Children’s Serv./Carriage House $62,000.00
Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children/Camp Hendon $1,500.00
Kentucky Educational Development Corporation $11,500.00
Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation $6,000.00
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Inc. $5,852.00
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation $6,000.00
Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation, Inc. $54,280.00
Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies $27,000.00
KORE Academy, Inc. $5,200.00
Kosair Children’s Hospital – Radiology $235,000.00
Kosair Children’s Hospital/OR – Aspirator $50,000.00
Kosair Children’s Hospital/OR – Gastric Stimulator $20,000.00
Kentucky Easter Seals Society/Creative Beginnings Child Develop. Ctr. $2,636.96
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency $4,500.00
LaRue County Public Schools $17,500.00
Learning Disabilities $2,450.00
Learning for Life/Boy Scouts of America $18,000.00
Lifespring Health Systems $3,000.00
Lighthouse Promise, Inc. $6,000.00
Lincoln County School District $14,000.00
Louisville Pediatric Therapy Center $10,000.00
Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit $10,000.00
Madison Consolidated Schools $15,000.00
Marion County Board of Education $40,000.00
Meade County Board of Education $22,000.00
Mercer County Schools $5,985.00
Meredith-Dunn School $22,455.00
Middlesboro Independent Schools $12,500.00
Miracle Dancer Scholarship Foundation $2,312.00
Montgomery County School District $25,392.00
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Inc. $13,500.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association $12,000.00
Nativity Academy $15,000.00
Nelson County Schools $19,840.00
New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. $60,000.00
Newport Independent Schools $14,000.00
Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services $5,268.00
Oldham County Board of Education $40,000.00
Orange County Rehabilitative and Developmental Services $25,000.00
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital $20,800.00
Our Lady of Peace $15,300.00
Our Lady of Providence Jr.-Sr. High School $10,000.00
Owen County School District $5,000.00
Owensboro Dance Theatre, Inc. $10,000.00
Owensboro Health Foundation, Inc. $30,000.00
Paws with Purpose, Inc. $10,000.00
Personal Counseling Service, Inc. $40,000.00
Pitt Academy $25,000.00
Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries, Inc. $15,000.00
Puzzle Pieces, Inc. $18,000.00
Rachel’s Fun for Everyone Project $12,000.00
Rauch, Inc. $15,000.00
Riley Children’s Foundation $8,000.00
Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Ctr. Inc. $9,000.00
Seven Counties $40,000.00
Shelby County Public Schools $80,000.00
Shriners Hospitals for Children $35,000.00
South Central Area Special Education Cooperative $10,000.00
South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block $2,000.00
Southern Hills Counseling Center, Inc. $10,000.00
Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital $8,000.00
Spalding University – Enabling Technologies of Kentuckiana $7,000.00
Spalding University – Scholarships $15,000.00
Special Olympics Kentucky, Inc. $17,000.00
Spencer County Public Schools $30,000.00
Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky $23,500.00
St. Francis School $15,000.00
St. Joseph Children’s Home $19,000.00
StageOne Family Theatre $2,700.00
Summit Academy of Greater Louisville $8,000.00
Sunrise Children’s Services, Inc. $20,000.00
Taylor County Board of Education $12,000.00
Telford Community YMCA $10,800.00
The Center for Courageous Kids $40,000.00
The de Paul School $20,000.00
The Deaf Youth Sports Festival, Inc. $25,000.00
The Morton Center, Inc. $30,000.00
The REATH Center $3,500.00
The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East $50,000.00
University of Louisville – APE Program $10,000.00
University of Louisville – Capital $238,000.00
University of Louisville – Neurology $160,000.00
University of Louisville – Ophthalmology $16,750.00
University of Louisville – Pediatric Endocrinology $16,197.37
University of Louisville – Scholarships $20,000.00
University of Louisville – School of Music $13,000.00
University of Louisville/Dept. of OB-GYN $80,000.00
University of Louisville/Weisskopf-Cytogenetics Lab $9,089.78
University of Louisville/Weisskopf-Learning Disorders $80,000.00
University of Louisville/Weisskopf-Nutrition Clinic $25,000.00
University of Louisville/Weisskopf-STAR Autism $115,000.00
University Medical Center $60,000.00
Upside Therapeutic Riding $13,000.00
Uspiritus, Inc. $79,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Indiana $15,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Lexington $38,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Louisville $75,000.00
Volunteers of America of Kentucky, Inc. $20,000.00
VSA Kentucky $11,000.00
Washington County Schools $12,000.00
West Clark Community Schools $18,500.00
West Point Independent Board of Education $19,000.00
Western Kentucky University Research Foundation/Kelly Autism Program $17,000.00
Western Kentucky University Research Foundation/Scholarships $20,000.00
Western Kentucky University/Vickie & Dan Renshaw Early Childhood Ctr. $31,000.00
Wilderness Child Development Center $8,483.00
Wings on a Prayer, Inc. $4,000.00
Woodford County Public Schools $6,458.68
Working the Puzzle for Autism $5,000.00
YMCA of Greater Louisville $15,000.00
YMCA Safe Place Services $15,000.00
Youth, Ethics & Skills Center $5,000.00
YouthBuild Louisville $2,250.00