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.


of donations go to children


Million dollars raised


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Counties in Indiana and Kentucky


Years Running

June 3 - 4, 2023
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NewsRadio 840 WHAS is celebrating 100 years of service on July 18, 2022. The station will spend its “birthday” with a full celebration during Kentuckiana’s Morning News, the Tony & Dwight Show and Terry Meiners Show on July 18th.

840 WHAS is Kentucky’s oldest radio station and its history has been well preserved. The LKYRadio.com website is a virtual museum of WHAS history including newspaper articles, jingles and airchecks of great content and historic moments heard on 840 over the past several decades.

For more WHAS history, Berea College has this historical collection. A deeper read on the station’s early history can be found here: https://ir.library.louisville.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1297&context=etd

NewsRadio 840 WHAS afternoon host Terry Meiners has spent the past year speaking with people from the station’s past in his “WHAS100” series. Hear dozens of interviews on Terry’s podcast feed including a chat with the late morning host Wayne Perkey.

See and hear more here at WHAS.com, just CLICK HERE.

The WHAS Crusade for Children announces its grants for 2022 – 2023. 216 grants have been awarded totaling $5,133,684.69. That matches the tote board at the conclusion of the 69th annual WHAS Crusade for Children which took place on June 4 – 5, 2022.

Grant funds become available as the WHAS Crusade for Children begins a new fiscal year on September 1, 2022.

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

Click here to see a recap of the 2022 69th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.



4 Leaf Friends $30,000.00

Adair County Board of Education $33,807.00
Allegro Dance Project $5,500.00
American Printing House for the Blind $5,000.00
Americana Community Center $8,000.00
Anchorage Independent School District $20,000.00
Appalachian Regional Healthcare $7,000.00
Arc of the Greater Louisville Area $7,500.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $40,000.00
Art Center of the Bluegrass $2,000.00
Arts for All Kentucky $7,500.00
Asbury University $21,100.00

Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville $125,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation Hardin $85,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation Madisonville $9,000.00
Baptist Health Foundation Paducah $17,000.00
Bardstown Independent Schools $25,000.00
Barren Heights Christian Retreat Center $3,000.00
Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center $11,500.00
Bellarmine University – Kids on the Move $70,000.00
Bellarmine University – Scholarships $15,700.00
Berea Independent School District $8,500.00
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest $20,000.00
Best Buddies International $6,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana $16,000.00
Bluegrass Center For Autism $29,000.00
Boy Scouts of America – Lincoln Heritage Council $5,825.00
Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana $6,300.00
Breckinridge County Board of Education $30,040.00
Bullitt County Public Schools $41,831.00
Burgin Board of Education $17,500.00

Camp Tessa $6,000.00
Campbellsville Independent Schools $14,000.00
CASA at Woodlawn (of the Bluegrass) $6,000.00
CASA of Calloway and Marshall Counties (by the Lakes) $6,000.00
CASA of Lexington $15,000.00
CASA of the Heartland $10,500.00
CASA of the River Region $15,000.00
CASA Program for Bullitt County $16,000.00
Cerebral Palsy KIDS Center $15,000.00
Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass $3,000.00
Childplace $16,000.00
Childrens Hospital Foundation – Norton Children’s Hospital $550,000.00
Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services $12,000.00
Cliff Hagan Boys & Girls Club $3,000.00
Cloverport Independent School District $63,000.00
Commonwealth Health – Med Center Health Foundation $7,800.00
Commonwealth Theatre Center $7,500.00
Community Action of Southern Indiana $19,000.00
Community Medical Associates
Norton’s Children – Learning & Attention Disorders Clinic $21,000.00
Community Medical Associates
Norton Children’s – Autism Program $45,000.00
Community Medical Associates
Norton Children’s – Pediatric Emergency Medicine $3,500.00
Community Medical Associates
Norton Children’s – Pediatric Nutrition Program $45,000.00
Community Medical Associates
Norton Children’s – Transnasal Endoscopy $90,000.00

Council on Developmental Disabilities $4,000.00
Critically Loved $7,000.00
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $4,000.00

Deaf Youth Sports Festival $15,000.00
Dorman Preschool Center $20,000.00
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky $7,000.00
Down Syndrome of Louisville $21,000.00
Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky $7,500.00
Dreams With Wings $7,000.00
Dyslexia Association of The Pennyrile $3,500.00

Easter Seals Cardinal Hill – Capital Grant $50,000.00
Easter Seals Cardinal Hill – Program $3,110.64
Eastern Kentucky University – Assistive Technology Project $12,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Scholarships $19,600.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Social Skills Groups $4,000.00
Eminence Indpendent School $24,000.00
Englishton Park Children’s Summer Camp Program $5,500.00
Exploited Childrens Help Organization of Greater Louisville $7,500.00

Family & Children’s Place $27,000.00
Family Ark $15,000.00
Family Enrichment Center $6,875.00
Family Scholar House $15,000.00
Father Maloneys Boys & Girls Haven $70,000.00
Feat of Louisville $13,500.00
Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation $35,000.00
Floyd Memorial Foundation $42,000.00
Franklin County Schools $21,000.00
Friends School $20,000.00
Fund For the Arts $8,000.00

Gateway Children’s Services $1,965.04
Gateway Community Action $2,000.00
Gildas Club Louisville $5,000.00
Grayson County Schools $10,000.00
Greater Clark County Schools $20,000.00
Green County Board of Education $7,056.96
Green Hill Therapy $23,000.00
Green River Area Down Syndrome Association $10,000.00
Green River Regional Education Cooperative $6,000.00

Hancock County Public Schools $5,000.00
Harbor House of Louisville $25,000.00
Hardin County Schools Special Education Department $50,000.00
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Cooperative $12,000.00
Henry County Public Schools $30,000.00
Heuser Hearing & Language Academy $25,000.00
Home of The Innocents $103,000.00
Hosparus Health $40,000.00
Hospice of The Bluegrass -Bluegrass Care Navigators $8,000.00

I Would Rather Be Reading $6,500.00

Jefferson County Public Schools – Assistive Technology $64,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Autism Program $7,500.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Communication Disorders $15,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Deaf and Hard of Hearing $40,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Moderate to Severe Disabilities $65,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Psychological Services $4,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Visually Impaired $27,500.00
Jeffersonville Township Public Library $2,500.00
Jennings County School Corporation $7,000.00
Jessamine County Schools $5,000.00
Jewish Community of Louisville – Capital Request $55,000.00
Jewish Community of Louisville – Programmatic Support $9,000.00
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana $2,650.00
Justin King Foundation $3,000.00

Kendyl and Friends Foundation $12,000.00
Kentuckiana Children’s Center $10,000.00
Kentucky Center For Special Childrens Services – Carriage House $50,000.00
Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation $6,124.00
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation $16,000.00
Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation $10,000.00
Kids Cancer Alliance – Indian Summer Camp $10,000.00
Kore Academy $5,000.00

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency $6,500.00
LaRue County Public Schools $3,000.00
Lexington Hearing and Speech Center $6,000.00
LifeSpring Health Systems $2,691.15
Lighthouse Academy at Newburg $3,500.00
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary $6,000.00

Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit $5,796.66
Madison Consolidated Schools $37,500.00
Marion County Board of Education $30,000.00
Maryhurst $27,378.00
Meade County Public Schools $25,000.00
Meredith-Dunn Learning Center $20,000.00
Miracle Dancer Scholarship Foundation $10,500.00
Miracle League of Louisville $25,000.00
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center $10,000.00

Nativity Academy At St Boniface $25,000.00
NELCASA – CASA of Nelson County $13,080.00
Nelson County Schools $20,000.00
New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation $14,500.00
New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding $10,000.00
Northern Kentucky Cooperative For Educational Services $4,956.20

Oldham County Board of Education $65,000.00
Orange County Rehab and Dev. Services – First Chance Center $20,500.00
Outside The Box Therapy $2,000.00
Owen County School District $2,600.00
Owensboro Dance Theater $11,000.00
Owensboro Health Foundation $15,000.00

Paoli Community School Corporation-Throop Elementary School $60,000.00
Paws With Purpose $18,000.00
Personal Counseling Service $21,000.00
Pitt Academy $10,000.00
Project Camp – The Center for Courageous Kids $37,500.00
Project L.E.A.R.N. $5,000.00
Providence House Family Preservation Program $10,000.00
Puzzle Pieces $21,000.00

Rachel’s Fun For Everyone Project $15,000.00
Rauch $13,500.00
Riley Children’s Foundation $6,000.00
Rockcastle County Hospital $18,500.00

SAFY of Kentucky $3,000.00
Saint Joseph – The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East $100,000.00
Saint Joseph Berea Hospital Foundation $12,000.00
Saint Joseph London Foundation $21,000.00
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation $40,000.00
Seven Counties Services – Capital Grant $25,000.00
Seven Counties Services – Program $126,000.00
Shelby County Public Schools $74,000.00
Silver Creek School Corporation $17,000.00
Society of St Vincent de Paul Council of Louisville $15,000.00
South Central Area Special Education Cooperative $15,500.00
South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block $3,950.00
Spalding University $7,184.00
Special Olympics Kentucky $15,000.00
Spencer County Public Schools $30,000.00
Springs Valley School Corporation $12,200.00
Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool $4,189.50
St Francis High School $8,473.00
St Joseph Childrens Home – Annual Fund $30,000.00
St Joseph Childrens Home – Capital Campaign $80,000.00
Stage One The Louisville Childrens Theatre $7,000.00
Summit Academy of Greater Louisville . $10,000.00
Sunrise Childrens Services $12,000.00

T J Samson Community Hospital $50,000.00
Taylor County Board of Education $35,000.00
The de Paul School $11,000.00
The Morton Center $21,000.00
The Point Arc of Northern Kentucky $11,000.00
The REATH Center $8,000.00
Trustees of Indiana University $8,974.00

University of Kentucky – Adapted Toy Lending Library $5,300.00
University of Kentucky – Children’s Hospital Canine Program $4,800.00
University of Louisville – Hospital Ctr for Women & Infants $130,000.00
University of Louisville – Music Therapy Clinic $18,000.00
University of Louisville – Psychological Services (ADHD) $28,000.00
University of Louisville – Special Education Scholarships $17,700.00
University of Louisville – UofL Peace Hospital $30,000.00

Vincennes Community School Corporation $8,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschoolers – Indiana $42,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschoolers – Lexington $46,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschoolers – Louisville $85,000.00
Volunteers of America Mid-States $35,000.00

Wendell Fosters Campus For Developmental Disabilities $15,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Camp COLLAB $4,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Kelly Autism Program (KAP) $22,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Renshaw Early Childhood Center $35,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Scholarships $19,600.00
Whitley County Board of Education $5,000.00
Wilderness Trace Child Development Center Corporation $8,500.00
Woodford County Public Schools $5,000.00

YMCA Childcare Services/Safe Place Services /Camp Piomingo $50,000.00
Youth Ethics and Skills Center $7,500.00
Youth Link Southern Indiana $11,027.54

TOTAL GRANT AWARDS: $5,133,684.69

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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.

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