The morning of October 15 was a special day for four fire departments and one very fine organization. They were all rewarded for their fundraising efforts for the 2014 WHAS Crusade for Children that was held in June. Crusade President & CEO Dawn Lee along with Crusade Board President Father Joe Graffis made the presentations during a special breakfast at the WHAS11 studios in downtown Louisville during the morning program “Great Day Live!”
The Walton Memorial Trophy is named in memory of “Mr. Crusade” Jim Walton who was host and emcee of the WHAS Crusade for Children from the very first Crusade in 1954 until 1979.
The trophy is awarded each year to the fire departments with the largest percentage increase in collections from last year to this year, within their category.
Phyllis Knight Award
In honor of pioneering broadcaster Phyllis Knight, the Crusade has created the Phyllis Knight award which goes to a business or organization with the largest percentage increase.
Walton Trophy Category 1 – Between $1,000 and $9,999
Sonora Fire and Rescue
2013 total: $2,573.91
2014 total: $9,926.91
Increase of 285.67%
Walton Trophy Category 2 – Between $10,000 and $49,999
West Point Fire Dept.
2013 total: 3,879.41
2014 total: $25,324.53
Increase of 552.79%
Walton Trophy Category 3 – Between $50,000 and $99,000
Louisville Fire Dept.
2013 total: $42,904.45
2014 total: $64,569.02
Increase of 50.49%
Walton Trophy Category 4 – Between $100,000 and above
Highview Fire Dept
2013 total: $108,325.22
2014 total: $109,588.08
Increase of 1.05%
Phyllis Knight Award – $25,000 and above
Archdiocese of Louisville
2013 total: $260,000
2014 total: $347,195
Increase of 34%
Bagdad Fire Department Ribeye dinner October 11
Special Needs East Transportation Viva Las Vegas October 11
Tri City Van and Storage Yard Sale October 17 & 18
The Tri City yard sale to benefit WHAS Crusade for Children will be held on October 17 & 18.
632 Industry Road
Louisville, KY 40208
For further information, contact Debbie Taylor at Tri City Van and Storage (502) 635-6811
WAVERLY HILLS HAUNTED HOUSE…Waverly Hills Haunted House & Mini Tours every Friday & Saturday Night
Waverly Hills Haunted House & Mini Tours every Friday & Saturday Night
Every Friday & Saturday night
September 26th – November 1st
Gates open at 7:30 PM & Close at midnight
Whoever is through the gates by midnight will get to go through.
Cost is $20.00 CASH per guest. You can go through the haunted house that is on the first floor of Waverly or take a mini tour that goes on the other floors of Waverly.
Not intended for the weak of heart. Not suggested for anyone under the age of 10 years old. NO ONE UNDER THE AGE OF 7 YEARS OLD ALLOWED.
ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK…
PARKING $5.00 A CAR LOAD, PROFITS FORM PARKING GO TO: THE WHAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN.
You will receive (1) $5.00 off Zombie Shoot coupon per car.
Go to www.therealwaverlyhills.com for more details.
Crusade awards grants in south central Kentucky
WBKO-TV in Bowling Green has been a strong network partner of the WHAS Crusade for Children for more than a decade.
Thanks to General Manager Rick McCue and Weather Director Chris Allen for their ongoing support in spreading the goodness of the Crusade across South Central Kentucky.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — This year’s WHAS Crusade For Children is paying off for non-profits right here in south central Kentucky. Tuesday those groups were presented their checks by our very own Chris Allen in Bowling Green.
The dollar amounts were different for everybody. Each organization said the impact of every dollar will be huge.
“Their funding is vital to the success of our organization. It keeps us going. It keeps us hopeful. It keeps the creative juices flowing,” said ExecutiveDirector of VSA Kentucky, Delaire Rowe.
“This money is going to go toward our pediatric hospice program. We call it Courageous Kids. This brings us one step closer to bringing that program to Bowling Green,” said Hosparus of Manager of Community Relations, Melinda Hill.
During the Crusade For Children telethons a little more than $11,000 was raised in and around Warren County. The total amount given away from the overall drive was $195,000.
Photos from the grant presentation
Today University of Louisville medical programs which serve young patients received a grant in the amount of $578,664 from the WHAS Crusade for Children.
This funding will benefit more than ten programs which serve children with special needs.
“For the families that have a child with autism or a child with a learning disorder or a child with a seizure problem or chronic lung disease, all those types of children will benefit by the work that we’ll be able to do because of these funds,” said Dr. Jerry Rabalais, Department of Pediatrics chair.
This year’s grant from the Crusade bring the total granted to UofL programs to more than $5 million in the last ten years.
See 300 photos on Facebook from Crusade weekend, just click here. (Stay tuned, more photos to come!)
See a complete list of the fire departments, organizations and companies that donated to the 2014 WHAS Crusade for Children, just click here.
Watch and learn about the Crusade’s storied history
Kentucky Telco teams up with Craig & Landreth
Donations for the 61st WHAS Crusade for Children continue to come in. Craig and Landreth Cars and Kentucky Telco Credit Union presented Crusade CEO Dawn Lee with a check for $5,900. For the second year in a row, Kentucky Telco donated $60 for every car loan generated by Craig and Landreth customers.
Resthaven Memorial Park donation
Carly Ruckriegel and Debbie Sherrill presented Crusade CEO Dawn Lee with a check for $3,805.22. The Resthaven Memorial Park staff and Boy Scout Troop Pack 175 raised the money over Memorial Day weekend by handing out flags for donations to the Crusade and by grilling hotdogs and hamburgers.
Milwaukee Tools raffle for 2015
Bailey Tools and the Okolona Fire Department are giving would-be carpenters the chance to win an instant workshop. Your raffle ticket could get you more than twenty Milwaukee tools. President of Bailey Tools, Steve Bailey gives you a look at what’s up for grabs. The drawing will be held June 6, 2015 during the 62nd WHAS Crusade for Children.
Win dinner from Middletown Fire
Cumberland County Motorcycle Ride June 1
Camp Taylor Fire District Crusade Fundraisers
Cruisin’ for the Crusade Car Show June 7
Click here to download an official entry form and to get more details.
Bardstown Run June 7
Henryville Lunch, Dinner & Auction June 7
McMahan Fire Crusade Raffles!
Kentucky Telco teams with Craig & Landreth to help Crusade
Sellersburg Volunteer Fire Etched Mirror Giveaway
Mystique Nails and Spa Crusade offer
Coupon books available at Kroger!
Prima Natural Soap supports Crusade
Pacers and Racers Barnyard Dash June 21
Joe Huber’s Craft Show & Balloon Glow July 26
Pizza Ribbons for the Crusade!
Shred for the Crusade
Your old paper could mean new money for the WHAS Crusade for Children. The owners of Greenway Shredding and Recycling have come up with a unique way to raise money for the Crusade. Drop your documents by the company’s Watterson Trail location and get them shredded for a donation to help children with special needs.
Greenway Shredding & Recycling
2318 Watterson Trail
Louisville, KY 40299
Phone: (502) 749-0390
Crusade Ambassadors Kick Off Jam May 21
Crusade Ambassador Kick Off Jam Auction Items
1.) Four Historic Tram Tour tickets, one Mega Zips ticket, and one Mega Quest ticket. The Historic Tram tour is a fun SUV-pulled tram ride that lasts about 60 minutes. It covers history, geology, mining techniques, as well as the green building technology and how they recycle down in the Louisville Mega Cavern. The Mega Zips is a 2 hour thrilling and exhilarating adventure that will take you into never before seen sections of the man-made cavern. The tour is 6 zip lines and 3 challenge bridges, including a dual racing zip, that lead you through some of the 17 miles of underground passageways beneath the city of Louisville. The Mega Quest is an Aerial challenge and ropes course with 76 different obstacles. Tickets for this adventure are for a three hour time span.- value $158
2.) “Experience Z” Discount Card from Z Salon & Spa. The card has a value of $50 and can be used on any service at Z Salon & Spa. It cannot be redeemed for cash or used for products.
3.) Two sets of 10 admission tickets for paintball at The Fun Farm in Lanesville, IN (20 tickets total). Each ticket is valid for one (1) full day play session, field fees, insurance, paintball marker, safety goggles & protective mask. The 300 paintballs & air must be purchased at the field. Value up to $350 for each set of 10
4.) Perfect North Slopes, two admission tickets for either eight hours of skiing/snowboarding OR unlimited snow tubing. Valid Monday-Thursday (non-holiday) only.- value $90.00
5.) Four admission tickets for the Muhammad Ali Center. value of $36.
6.) Four 2014 Louisville Slugger Bat tickets next to the dugout.
7.) Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, eight seats in a finish line box.
8.) Mercury Ballroom for two upcoming concerts: 80’s Prom 6/21 – 10 tickets and Yacht Rock Revue 7/27 – 10 tickets.- Tickets are valued at $16 each
9.) Churchill Downs Backside Tour and Breakfast at Worlds Famous Wagner’s
Pharmacy for four.- Priceless
10.) Studio 151 Haircut/blow dry- worth $50.00
11.) Bachman Auto Group Lube, Oil, & Filter- three gift certificates- worth $37.95 each
12.) Behind the scenes tour for Great Day Live. Description below: “It’s the hit 9:00am weekday show on WHAS11! Go behind the scenes; sit in the director’s and producer’s chairs; meet the co-hosts Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt. This is must-see TV for thee!”- Priceless
13.) Two UofL Basketball Tickets
14.) Huber Farm Gift Basket- value $75.00
15.) Two UofL Football Tickets (9/27/14, Wake Forest game)- value $70.00
16.) Brew at the Zoo VIP Two Tickets, August 23rd- value $200.00
17.) Merkley Kendrick Jewlers Gift Card- value $100
18.) Sky Zone, two free 60 minutes jump passes for the event.- valued at $13.00 a piece.
19.) Four Roses Gift Basket
20.) Guitar and Drums from Mojo Bay
Check out this blast from the past video!
Lillie Dodson is a child helped by a grant provided by the WHAS Crusade for Children to the Family Enrichment Center in Bowling Green. Lillie had an outing recently at the National Corvette Museum’s Easter Event. They let the families in the Parents as Teachers Program attend all of their events free of charge.
Lillie’s mom Debbie said they had a great time. “As you can see in the pics, Lillie had a wonderful time at the museum. We do appreciate everything you have done for us over the years. Lillie would have missed out on a lot of activities that you have provided for us to attend because we didn’t have the money to take her ourselves. You have provided us with information that helped us understand Lillie’s growth and learning process that otherwise we would not have known.”
Debbie continued, “We have grown to love you as part of our family and hope to keep in touch even after Lillie starts school and is out of the program. I think joining your program was one of the wisest choices we have made for Lillie.”
Nancy Booth of the Family Enrichment Center says, “The Crusade for Children has been just so instrumental in the Parents as Teachers program. Without the Crusade, we would not be able to serve special needs children such as Lillie.”
Lillie’s Corvette Museum visit
Louisville Kids Fair Saturday and Sunday
Click here to buy tickets on Kids Fair Web site.
Olympic medalist Nick Goepper gives Crusade a shout out
Enjoying a post victory lap from his Bronze Medal victory at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Nick Goepper of Lawrenceburg, Indiana stopped by the WHAS Crusade for Children office to show his support for children with special needs. What a great guy! Thanks Nick!