Kentucky’s own “Country Boy” star, Marty Brown will kick off the 66th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children. Brown will perform at the Crusade Variety Show on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Show time is 7:00pm (EDT) at the Kentucky Center for the Arts Bomhard Theater in Louisville. The show is open to the public. Admission is free.
“We are delighted Marty Brown is going to kick off Crusade weekend,” said Dawn Lee, President & CEO of the WHAS Crusade for Children. “It is great to have a hometown star use his talents to serve the community and help us make life better for children with special needs in Kentucky and southern Indiana.”
The WHAS Crusade for Children begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 1 with fire departments, civic groups, organizations and companies reporting donations. The Crusade concludes at 7:00pm on Sunday, June 2.
Lisa Hutson joins Terry Meiners
WHAS11’s Lisa Hutson and 840 WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners will emcee the Crusade Variety Show. The show will include: Gary Brewer and The Kentucky Ramblers, Bro-Bards, Bungalow Betty, Addy Clarkson, Diane Moore Dancers, Tim French, Todd Hildreth and the Crusade Quintet, Patrick Henry Hughes with Kaitlyn Marie Singletary, Louisville Central Community Center’s Theater Troupes, Miracle Dancers, Ashlyn Smith, The Tunesmith, Yons and Space Campaign and more.
Firefighters lead the way
Fire departments across Kentucky and southern Indiana raise nearly 60 percent of the Crusade donations each year by staging road blocks and hosting other events. Fundraising events can be found on WHASCrusade.org.
The annual Crusade Internet/radio/telethon kicks off at 1:00pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 1 and airs in its entirety on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11.1) and on WHAS11.com.
In addition, WBNA-TV (Channel 21.1) in Louisville airs live broadcasts 12:30pm to 6:30pm Sunday, June 2 from the Kentucky cities of Elizabethtown, Shelbyville and Bardstown. WBKO-TV in Bowling Green airs remote telecasts from Campbellsville on Saturday and Leitchfield on Sunday.
WHAS-TV, Louisville (flagship station)
WBKO-TV, Bowling Green
WHAS, Louisville (flagship station)
WHAS11.com will provide live video streaming of the entire broadcast visible anywhere in the world and also simulcast on YouTube and Facebook Live. WHASCrusade.org will provide updates throughout the weekend and a complete list of all groups that make donations.
Get to know Marty Brown
Marty Brown was born in Maceo, Kentucky. He started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of twelve, and he started entering local talent shows at sixteen. Throughout his teens he worked in the tobacco fields of Kentucky often playing his guitar during lunch hours under the shade of a nearby tree.
Eventually Marty made his way to Nashville, Tennessee and met with legendary record producer Tony Brown who signed him to a record deal at MCA Records. Marty, together, with Tony, made three albums for MCA and one album for Hightone Records. He has had eight (8) videos in rotation on CMT and has appeared many times on “THE GRAND OLE OPRY STAGE” over the next ten (10) years performing… Wild Kentucky Skies, In My Wildest Dreams, High and Dry, and Every Now and Then.
He toured with acts such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Hank Williams Jr. and many, many more. After his recording years, he started writing hit songs for artists like the heart-felt and groovy, “I’m From the Country and I Like It That Way” for Tracy Byrd, an album cut for Trace Adkins, “When I Stop Loving You”, Brooks and Dunn’s, “It Ain’t Me if It Ain’t You”, and William Michael Morgan’s, “I Pulled a Hank Last Night.”
His wife, Shellie, surprised him with an audition on reality TV show, America’s Got Talent, Season 8, in 2013. His touching rendition of Bob Dylan’s, “Make You Feel My Love” reached 12 million viewers on NBC and another 12 million viewers online.
Marty’s new album for Plowboy Records, American Highway, once again establishes him as the quintessential All-American Singer/Songwriter. Much-awaited by his fans world-wide, this is his first studio album in 25 years with the album release date scheduled for May 17, 2019.
100 percent for the kids
In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised more than $180 million for children with special needs. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to grant 100 percent of all donations to agencies, hospitals and schools that serve children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties.
It takes a cast of thousands to stage the annual miracle. From individual donors dropping pocket change into boots at firefighter road blocks to children with lemonade stands to corporations offering payroll deduction, it all comes together each year on the first weekend in June.
To make a donation
Tax-deductible contributions can be made year-round securely online on www.WHASCrusade.org or by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for agencies, hospitals and schools that make life better for children with special needs. In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised $180 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade returns 100 percent of all donations to organizations in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 counties in southern Indiana. Fire departments raise nearly 60 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and hosting other events. Millions of children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954. The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by law.