Grand total: $5,301,182
Nearly 200 fire departments, hundreds of organizations and thousands of people made it happen.
After 30+ hours of the radio/Internet/television celebration, about 100 volunteers and supporters of the WHAS Crusade for Children gave this, the 57th annual, a rousing send off with an emotional singing of God Bless America.
When it was all said and sung, the people of Kentuckiana donated $5,301,182 to the 57th annual WHAS Crusade for Children to help children with special needs – topping 2009 by more than $11,000!
When asked why she thought, in a waivering economy, the Crusade would end with its highest total since 2005, Crusade President & CEO Dawn Lee said, “…because the Crusade is magical and the people of Kentuckiana are amazing.”
Broadcast outlets put aside any competitive differences for the betterment of children. The weekend included endless live coverage on flagship broadcast outlets WHAS-TV and 84WHAS Radio; as well as six hours on WBKI-TV, Louisville; four hours on WBKO-TV, Bowling Green; two hours on WQWQ-TV, Paducah; and 2 hours on each of the seven Commonwealth Broadcasting radio stations.
Honor your pledge!
Send your tax-deductible contribution to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
The Marlins get it started
The Saturday night kick-off was headlined by Kentuckiana’s own brother-foursome, The Marlins. Touching performances by The Miracle Dancers, Patrick Henry Hughes, Samajesty Starr, The Diane Moore Dancers and Melissa Combs led a cast of thousands through a weekend of highly charged moments.
Three departments honor a fallen hero
Three fire departments: Buechel, Okolona and Camp Taylor presented a combined contribution in memory of fallen Buechel firefighter Terry Cannon who died earlier this year. In a tear-filled moment, Buechel Fire Protection District Chief Jonathan Yuodis said, “Terry was a great man.”
100% of $138 million
In its 57 years, the Crusade has raised more than $138 million for children with special needs. 100 percent of all donations raised Crusade weekend are returned to the communities where children’s needs are met.
PRP and Archdiocese lead the way
Nearly 60 percent of donations are collected by about 200 fire departments in Kentucky and Indiana. Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Department led the charge with $297,927.55. PRP was the fire department that started it all in1956 when Chief Ernie Bohler clenched $400 in his fist in a crowded Memorial Auditorium and challenged all fire departments to get involved.
The Archdiocese of Louisville led all non-fire department donors with $216,000.
See who gave what!
Click here to view a complete list of all groups that made donations to the Crusade.
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