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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Change a Child's Life Forever

100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.

The WHAS Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.

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Latest News

The WHAS Crusade for Children announces its grants for 2018 – 2019. 229 grants have been awarded totaling $5,675,000. That matches the tote board at the conclusion of the 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children which took place on June 2 – 3, 2018.

Grant funds become available as the Crusade for Children begins a new fiscal year on September 1, 2018.

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

Click here to see a recap of the 2018 65th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.



A Chance to Dance $1,500.00
Adair County Board of Education $29,700.00
Allegro Dance Project $3,500.00
American Printing House for the Blind $9,000.00
American Red Cross Kentucky Region $22,000.00
Americana Community Center, Inc. $7,000.00
Anchorage Independent School District $20,000.00
Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Inc. $10,000.00
Archdiocese of Louisville $48,000.00
ARHHC $5,500.00
Asbury University $23,000.00

Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville, Inc. $96,173.00
Bardstown Independent Schools $29,000.00
Barren Co. Board of Education $2,400.00
Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center $10,000.00
Bath Co. Board of Education $10,000.00
Bellarmine University – Physical Therapy $35,000.00
Bellarmine University – Scholarships $18,000.00
Best Buddies Kentucky $11,000.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana $5,000.00

Bingham Child Guidance Clinic $50,000.00
Bluegrass Center for Autism $25,000.00
Bluegrass Chapter of National AMBUCS $500.00
Boys & Girls Haven $92,500.00
Boys and Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana $12,000.00
Breckinridge County Board of Education $30,000.00
Bullitt County Board of Education $54,000.00

Camp TESSA $7,000.00
Camp TESSA of Meade County $5,200.00
Campbellsville Board of Education $18,000.00
Canaan Community Academy $15,000.00
Carroll County Schools $7,000.00
CASA by the Lakes $4,000.00
CASA of Lexington $17,000.00
CASA of South Central Kentucky $6,000.00
CASA of the Bluegrass $4,100.00
CASA of the Heartland $11,250.00
CASA of the River Region $10,000.00
CASA Program for Bullitt County $15,000.00
Caverna Board of Education $8,000.00
Center for Courageous Kids $37,500.00
Center for Women & Infants at University of Louisville Hospital $38,171.78
Centerstone Kentucky $60,000.00
Central Kentucky Education Coop $36,015.00
Child Development Center of Bluegrass $3,000.00
Christian Academy School System $8,136.00
Clark County Youth Shelter & Family Services $12,000.00
Cloverport Independent School District $38,000.00
Commonwealth Theatre Center $5,000.00
Communities in Schools of Clark County $8,000.00
Community Action of Southern Indiana $14,000.00
Critically Loved $3,000.00
Cumberland Co. Board of Education $4,995.20
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $5,000.00

Danville Independent Schools $7,000.00
Dorman Preschool $28,000.00
Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky $3,000.00
Down Syndrome of Louisville $15,000.00
Dream Riders of Kentucky $5,000.00
Dreams with Wings $7,500.00
Dyslexia Association of Pennyrile $3,000.00

Easter Seals Cardinal Hill $2,100.00
Easter Seals West Kentucky $4,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – College of Education $12,597.78
Eastern Kentucky University – Develop. Dis. Clinic $5,600.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Scholarships $18,000.00
Eastern Kentucky University – Safety City $2,000.00
Elizabethtown Independent Schools $25,000.00
Elliott County Schools $9,000.00
Eminence Independent Schools $20,000.00
Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries $4,000.00
Exceptional Equitation $2,500.00

Family & Children’s Place $29,280.00
Family Ark $25,000.00
Family Enrichment Center $9,000.00
Family Scholar House $15,000.00
Fayette Co. Public Schools $20,000.00
FEAT of Louisville $14,000.00
Flaget Memorial Hospital $40,000.00
Floyd Memorial Foundation $65,888.98
Franklin Co. Board of Education $17,000.00
Friends School $25,000.00
Fund for the Arts $5,000.00

Gateway Community Services Organization $8,500.00
Gilda’s Club Louisville $20,000.00
Graves County Board of Education $21,000.00
Grayson County Schools $20,000.00
Greater Clark County School $28,017.00
Greater Louisville Rowing $4,300.00
Green County Board of Education $14,200.00
Green Hill Therapy $20,000.00
Green River Regional Educational Cooperative $8,000.00

Hancock County Public Schools $4,000.00
Hardin County Board of Education $45,000.00
Hardin Memorial Health Foundation $75,000.00
Harrison County Exceptional Learners Coop $21,000.00
Harrison County Hospital $4,127.26
Hart Co. Schools $14,000.00
Henry Co. Schools $20,000.00
Heuser Hearing & Language Academy $30,000.00
Hindman Settlement School $13,400.00

Home of the Innocents $90,000.00
Hosparus Health $45,000.00

Indian Summer Camp $15,000.00
Indiana University $9,000.00

Jefferson County Public Schools – Assistive Technology Program $50,000.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Autism Program $11,437.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Communication Disorders Program $16,290.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program $12,525.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Early Childhood $6,783.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Moderate to Severe Disabilities $29,316.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – OT/PT Program $46,260.00
Jefferson County Public Schools – Visually Impaired Program $7,348.00
Jeffersonville Township Public Library Foundation $4,900.00
Jewish Community Center $5,000.00
Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana $3,305.00

Kentuckiana Children’s Center $22,000.00
Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation $6,000.00
Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, Inc. $16,000.00
Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies $21,500.00
KORE Academy $2,955.00
Kentucky Center for Special Children Services $66,000.00
Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation $30,000.00
Kentucky Educational Development Corp. $14,000.00

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency $4,000.00
LaRue County Public Schools $10,000.00
Learning Disabilities Association of Kentucky $1,800.00
Learning for Life, Lincoln Chapter $18,000.00
Lexington Hearing & Speech $10,000.00
Life Adventure Center of Bluegrass $8,000.00
LifeSpring Health Systems $2,500.00
Lighthouse Promise, Inc. $3,500.00
Lincoln County School District $14,000.00
Lovesome Stables $5,500.00

Madison Area Educational Special Services Unit $16,000.00
Madison Consolidated Schools $20,000.00
Marion County Board of Education $20,000.00
Maryhurst $28,000.00
McLean County Public Schools $25,000.00
Meade County Board of Education $19,000.00
Meredith-Dunn School $15,953.00
Miracle League of Louisville, Inc. $50,000.00
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center $15,000.00
Muscular Dystrophy Association $12,000.00

Nelson County Schools $24,000.00
Newport Independent Schools $6,000.00
Northern Kentucky Children’s Law Center $12,500.00
Northern Kentucky Coop for Educational Serv. $3,500.00
Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation $650,000.00

Oldham Co. Board of Education $50,000.00
Orange Co. Rehab and Develop. Services $22,000.00
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital $25,000.00
Our Lady of Providence Jr.-Sr. High School $14,000.00
Owen County School District $5,032.00
Owensboro Dance Theatre $13,000.00
Owensboro Health Foundation, Inc. $18,000.00

Paoli School Corp. $14,000.00
Paws with Purpose, Inc. $20,000.00
Personal Counseling Service $30,000.00
Pitt Academy $10,356.00
Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries $11,500.00
Puzzle Pieces $18,000.00

Rauch, Inc. $15,000.00
Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center, Inc. $30,000.00
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana $50,000.00

SAFY of Kentucky $2,590.00
Saint Joseph London Foundation $63,000.00
Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Foundation $10,000.00
Shelby Co. Public Schools $62,400.00
South Central Area Special Ed. Coop $22,500.00

South Central Kentucky Kids on the Block $4,000.00
Southern Hills Counseling Center $13,500.00
Special Olympics Kentucky $16,900.00
Spencer Co. Schools $34,000.00
Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky $20,000.00
Sproutlings Pediatric Day Care & Preschool $3,021.00
St. Francis School $7,500.00
St. Joseph Children’s Home $25,500.00
St. Vincent de Paul Louisville $14,000.00
StageOne Family Theatre $7,200.00
Summit Academy of Greater Louisville $8,000.00
Sunrise Children’s Services $17,000.00

Taylor Co. Board of Education $48,012.00
Telford YMCA $10,000.00
The Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green, Kentucky $8,000.00
The de Paul School $25,000.00
The Deaf Youth Sports Festival $15,000.00
The Morton Center, Inc. $25,000.00
The REATH Center $5,000.00
The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East $31,000.00
Trimble Co. Schools $7,500.00

University of Louisville – Capital $274,000.00
University of Louisville – Division of Child Neurology $75,000.00
University of Louisville – Endocrinology $15,000.00
University of Louisville – Hematology/Oncology $19,000.00
University of Louisville – Infectious Disease $9,780.00
University of Louisville – NeuroRecovery $30,000.00
University of Louisville – Obstetrics/Gynecology $53,000.00
University of Louisville – Pediatric Emergency Medicine $160,000.00
University of Louisville – Stonestreet Clinic $8,000.00
University of Louisville – Weisskopf/Learning Disorders $71,000.00
University of Louisville – Weisskopf/Nutrition Clinic $50,000.00
University of Louisville – Weisskopf/STAR Program $91,000.00
University of Louisville – Scholarships $15,000.00
Upside Therapeutic Riding, Inc. $17,000.00
Uspiritus $80,000.00

Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Indianapolis $35,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Lexington $40,000.00
Visually Impaired Preschool Services – Louisville $85,746.00
Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc. – Clinic capital $70,000.00
Volunteers of America Mid-States, Inc.-Louisville Family Housing $15,000.00
VSA Kentucky $10,000.00

Washington Co. Schools $11,000.00
Wendell Foster $12,594.00
West Clark Schools $16,000.00
West Point Board of Education $20,000.00
Whitley Co. Board of Education $2,995.00
Western Kentucky University – Early Childhood Center $35,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Kelly Autism $21,000.00
Western Kentucky University – Scholarships $25,000.00
Woodford Co. Schools $3,100.00
Working the Puzzle for Autism $6,000.00

YMCA County YMCA Branch $7,000.00
YMCA of Greater Louisville $15,000.00
YMCA of Greater Louisville/School Age Childcare-IN $5,000.00
YMCA Safe Place $15,000.00
Youth, Ethics & Skills Center, Inc. $5,000.00
Youth, Ethics & Skills Center, Inc. – Capital $4,250.00
YouthBuild Louisville $2,000.00

TOTAL AMOUNT $5,675,000.00

We crusade for them

In its first 65 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $180 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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WHAS Crusade for Children

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Louisville, KY 40202
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Countdown to the 66th annual WHAS Crusade for Children
June 1 & 2, 2019

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