About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs.


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June 3 - 4, 2023
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Wednesday, November 09, 2022 / Published in Uncategorized

Wear your best Turkey fixings and support the Crusade on Thanksgiving morning.


1) Clifton Donut Shop waiting for you at the finish line.
2) Runner’s choice premium quarter zip or long-sleeve.
3) Run the 7th Annual Louisville Hungry Turkey

Proceeds benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.

REGISTER NOW, just click here.


Race Day

7:30 a.m. Packet Pick Up Open
8:30 a.m. Packet Pick Up Closes
8:45 a.m. Kids Dash
9:00 a.m. 5K Start

Course time limit:
5K – 1 hour 20 minutes

Pick up your packet on Wednesday, November 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Oxmoor Mall.

The WHAS Crusade for Children honors fire departments each year that go above and beyond. The Walton Memorial Trophies are awarded to fire departments with the largest percentage increases in collections from year to year. Jim Walton was longtime WHAS-TV and radio personality and MC of the WHAS Crusade for Children for more than 2 decades.

The Crusade also honors a business or organization with the largest yearly percentage with the Phyllis Knight Award. Phyllis was a longtime WHAS-TV journalist, host of the WHAS Crusade for Children, and the Crusade’s first Executive Director.

Crusade MC and WHAS radio personality Terry Meiners hosted the breakfast on Tuesday, October 25 at St. Matthews Fire & Rescue Station 3. It aired live on WHAS11’s Great Day Live, hosted by Claudia Coffey, weekdays at 9:00am.

Here are the happy totals for this year’s winners:

Category – Between $1,000 and $9,999
White Mills Volunteer Fire Department

2021 total: $3,317.82
2022 total: $7,610.00
Increase 129.37% (Increase $4,292.18)

Category – Between $10,000 and $49,999
New Haven/Rolling Fork Fire Department

2021 total: $10,758.38
2022 total: $21,828.39
Increase 102.90% (Increase $11,070.01)

Category – Between $50,000 and $99,999
Lafayette Township Fire Protection District

2021 total: $88,186.51
2022 total: $109,283.34
Increase 23.92% (Increase $21,096.83)

Category – Between $100,000 and above
St. Matthews Fire & Rescue

2021 total: $92,041.58
2022 total: $103,519.52
Increase 12.47% (Increase $11,477.94)

Phyllis Knight Award – awarded to the best performing company or organization
Kentuckiana Corvette Club

2021 total: $5,606.36
2022 total: $10,4220.00
Increase 85.90% ($4,815.64)

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We crusade for them.

In its first 69 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $205 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the WHAS Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that make life better for children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

Community Partners

WHAS Crusade for Children

520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502.582.7706 Phone
502.582.7712 Fax