While your mind is on the warmer weather or a maybe a Spring Break trip, don’t forget about the Crusade Baby Calendar.
All baby entry photos must be received in the WHAS Crusade for Children office by 4:00pm (ET) Friday, April 10, 2009. All votes to determine which baby gets the calendar cover are due by 4:00pm (ET) Thursday, May 28, 2009.
To find out more, just click on the Baby Calendar graphic to the right of this story.
All proceeds benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
There are three new videos on our video page here at WHASCrusade.org. We have a sample just below. When you’re finished with that nugget, click here and see our full line of video selections including the 1963 Crusade Opening Ceremonies and a special moment from 1978. Enjoy and come back often, we’ll be adding more!
1978 WHAS Crusade for Children open
Singers Judy Marshall and Joann Hale open the 25th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children with a rousing number that includes the Patsy Bloor Dancers doing a special multi-generational dance to celebrate the Crusade’s Silver Anniversary. Stars include Diahann Carroll, Vic Tayback and Donald O’Connor.
Dawn Dison Lee of Louisville, Kentucky has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Crusade for Children. Dawn Dison Lee was selected from a list of 26 candidates by a search committee made up of representatives of the Crusade Board, Crusade Endowment Board, Crusade Advisory Board, and Crusade Staff.
Dawn Dison Lee formerly served as the Director of CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Jefferson County, another agency helping children. She has also worked with Dismas House, Jewish Hospital Foundation, University of Louisville Cardinal Athletic Fund, and has served as President of the Kentucky–Southeast Indiana Multiple Scierosis Society. She has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Louisville, and has a daughter, Kelsey age 20, and a son Jake, age 13.
According to Dawn Dison Lee, “this is a dream job with a long standing and very well respected charity in the Community, who has a prestigious history and legacy at serving children with special needs. I am very proud to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca Jackson, and the legacy of such past leaders as Phyllis Knight and Bud Harbsmeier.”
According to Paul Barth, Chairman of the Board of the Crusade for Children, “Dawn Dison Lee has a passion for helping children, and this passion along with her strong business, leadership, and fund raising skills, will help to build upon all of the great accomplishments and goals established by former CEO Rebecca Jackson, to insure that the legacy of the Crusade for Children continues on into the future, and will continue to be a vital entity helping children with special needs for many years to come”.
Rebecca Jackson, former Chief Executive Officer of the WHAS Crusade for Children, retired from the position at the end of 2008, but has been serving as interim CEO until her replacement was named. Rebecca Jackson has served as CEO since May 31, 2005.
Paul Barth: 491-4745 or 376-5501
Dawn Dison Lee: 599-7866
It’s almost time to get started with New Year’s resolutions! How ’bout getting in shape and running with Team Crusade?
What the heck is Team Crusade?
You’ll make good friends. You’ll get in shape and you’ll run the three legs of the Louisville Triple Crown of Running TM.
Take me to your leader!
WHAS11 news anchor Renee Murphy and news assignment editor Brooke Couch will lead Team Crusade. They’ll provide training, provide assistance and bring in experts to help you achieve your goal.
What do I do now?
To get started and learn more about Team Crusade, contact the Crusade’s own Candace Bell. She’ll give you all the details.
E-mail Candace by clicking here.
There’s only one catch
We’re asking you to raise at least $250 (hopefully more!) for the WHAS Crusade for Children by February 9, 2009.
C’mon give it a try!
More about the Louisville Triple Crown of Running
The Louisville Triple Crown of Running TM is presented by Novo Nordisk. Net proceeds from all three runs benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children. Here are dates and times:
Race: Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
Date: March 7, 2009
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Race: Rodes City Run
Date: March 21, 2009
Distance: 10K (6.2 miles)
Race: Papa John’s 10 Miler
Date: April 11, 2009
Distance: 10 miles
You can register for all three races securely online by logging onto the official Louisville Triple Crown of Running TM Web site, just click here.
You’ll be helping special needs children across Kentuckiana.
Watch a YouTube video!
We’ve created a video you can watch and see some of the kids you’ll be helping by running the Triple Crown. Enjoy – just click here.
Triple Crown race volunteers got together with children helped by the WHAS Crusade for Children recently to snap a few pix. Take a look at the children you’ll be helping when you run the Louisville Triple Crown of Running TM.
“Crusade Kid” Noah Stickler received the “Breaking Barriers Award” on October 28, 2008.
Noah, age 12, received the “Breaking Barriers Award” on October 28, 2008 at Bellarmine University.
The event was sponsored by the Metro Disability Coalition. Shown in the above photo are Bette Hughes, counselor at Ramsey Middle School, and Norm Terry from Jefferson County Public Schools. “We are so proud of him!” Said mom Debie Stickler.
Noah’s one of our Crusade for Children kids who appears on the annual Crusade for Children telethon during the first weekend in June as part of the “Miracle Dancers.”
Noah and his family were also honored as Noah was chosen to be one of the children used by the Crusade in photos and video over the past few years.
Her career spanned nearly four decades at WHAS-TV and radio. The community mourns the loss of broadcast and Crusade pioneer Phyllis Knight Gifford.
Read about her life
Below is the obituary as published on the Courier-Journal’s Web site Monday, October 27, 2008.
Phyllis Knight Gifford
Phyllis Knight Gifford, the popular Louisville radio and television personality known to her audience as Phyllis Knight, died this morning after a brief illness. She was 81.
One of the first female broadcasters in Louisville, Knight started as a radio show host, then advanced at WHAS to Kentucky’s highest-ranking newswoman as a television reporter in the 1970s before becoming the first full-time executive director of the WHAS Crusade for Children.
A talk show host on WHAS-TV for 13 years, Knight interviewed people from Eleanor Roosevelt, whom she described as “most gracious,” to entertainers such as Minnie Pearl, “the most fun person.”
She interviewed Harry Truman, whom she later said gave “one-word answers” to every question, and Cesar Romero, “probably the most handsome and sexiest one I ever interviewed,” she said in a Courier-Journal story.
Knight came to Louisville in 1955, hired to be women’s director at WHAS by Samuel H. Gifford, who was an on-air personality and executive for WHAS for more than 30 years. The two married in 1957.
She was named “Outstanding Woman in Radio and Television for 1957,” the highest award for a female broadcaster in the country at the time, for her special health series on cervical cancer — a topic not publicly, if even privately, discussed at the time.
After her health campaign, the Jefferson County Cancer Survey Project received 12 times more Pap smear slides in its laboratory from doctors than it had before.
Knight won a second Golden Mike Award in 1963 for a series on public misconceptions about the procedure for adopting children. Again her report brought about changes: adoptions in Louisville increased by 36 percent and placement of “problem children” increased 107 percent within a year.
In 1976, she became the first full-time executive director and producer of the WHAS Crusade for Children. “It was almost like being given a job to love your children,” Knight said of the appointment. She had been involved with every Crusade, many produced by her husband, except two: the first one in 1954 because she wasn’t in Louisville yet and another when one of her daughters was born.
In 1981, when she announced her retirement after 26 years at WHAS-TV and Radio, the Crusade raised more than $1.5 million with help from 120 fire departments.
On a day when the WHAS Crusade for Children held it’s annual Brick-a-thon, one family visited the Walk of Fame to honor a loved one.
“He was a brother, a son, a friend, amazing man. ”
The King family gathered around the block at Sixth and Chestnut Streets to celebrate the life of Blaine King. The 24-year-old young man died in June of 2007 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
The family says the engraved brick on the Walk of Fame brings comfort and they manage humor even through their tears.
“He always wanted property downtown, yeah. He’s an investor, so he owns a piece of it now,” said a loving family member.
The family says the memorial block on the Walk of Fame brings the family together and helps them to deal with their loss.
About the Walk of Fame
You can learn more about the WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame. The Walk supports the Crusade Endowment ensuring the Crusade will be here to serve thousands more in the decades to come.
The WHAS Crusade for Children held its annual Brick-a-thon on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 6:00am to 10:00am. It’s a fun and fund-raising project to generate donations for the Crusade Endowment to ensure the Crusade will be here to help thousands more in the generations to come. More than $2,000 was raised for the endowment fund.
WHAS11’s Reed Yadon hosted the LIVE television moments on WHAS11’s Good Morning Kentuckiana Saturday.
Thanks a million!
THANKS to all who made it possible…including Kroger, Dean’s Milk and Amy from Toast on Market who cooked up some awesome omelettes! Firefighters from McMahan and Zoneton Fire Protection Districts provided the kids with some fun on their fire trucks.