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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It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to another member of the Crusade family. For twenty years, Wayne Perkey was the face of the WHAS Crusade for Children. In 1980, he became only the second person to be chosen to emcee the telethon, an honor that he respected and cherished. Here’s Wayne’s story told to you in his own words… of his love and dedication to the WHAS Crusade for Children and the children with special needs that are helped every year.
Wayne continued to be involved by hosting on Sunday mornings of the telethon weekend. He most recently helped kick things off this past Crusade Sunday for the 68th WHAS Crusade for Children telethon in 2021. A clip of that appearance is featured at the end of this tribute.

The family has requested that donations and expressions of sympathy go to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut St.
Louisville KY 40202

WHAS11 remembers Wayne

Watch more from WHAS11, just click here.

More in the Courier-Journal

Learn more about Wayne’s career and life from the Courier-Journal, just click here.

More on Facebook

See photos and memories of Wayne on the Crusade’s Facebook page, just click here.

Terry Meiners interviews Wayne

Listen to a recent interview of Wayne with Terry Meiners as they celebrate the soon-to-be 100th anniversary of NewsRadio 840 WHAS, just click here.

Monday, February 28, 2022 / Published in Crusade Donors, Crusade Events, Crusade History, Fire Departments

CONGRATS! Highview Fire Protection District & the community celebrated Chief Dave Goldsmith’s retirement after 35 years of service. #WHASCrusade thanks you for your service & dedication. Happy retirement Chief Goldsmith!

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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