Rev. Jim Brown has decided to retire from Moral Side after some 30 years of dedicated service. He joined the panel in 1983 – Ronald Reagan was president, the Russian military shot down Korean Air Lines flight 007, Martha Layne Collins was elected governor and UK and UofL faced off in the NCAA tournament for the first ever dream game, all of which were topics for the Moral Side panel.
As a panelist, Rev. Brown and other members share responsibility of deciding where the money raised through the WHAS Crusade for Children is allocated. He has always been a champion of the small agencies and programs. Brown along with Sarah, his partner of 57 years, have made the Crusade family richer and more caring because of their efforts.
Thank you Rev. Brown for your dedication to our community, the Moral Side of the News and the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Photos from the Jim Brown retirement gathering
Allison Small and the Kelly Autism Program
Finding a way to unlock the potential of a child on the autism spectrum is of utmost importance, especially to the parents. As WHAS11’s Melissa Swan will show you, thanks to everyone’s support of the WHAS Crusade for Children, the Kelly Autism Program is able to find ways to help a child like Allison Small.
Davis Lowe’s Crusade story
The ability of a child to bounce back from a traumatic event sometimes seems like a miracle. Davis Lowe faced a heart transplant and a stroke before the age of two and now thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children, Davis is creating his own miracle.
Tri-City Van and Storage Huge Yard Sale October 18 & 19
October 18th (8am–5pm) and 19th (8am–2pm)
Tri-City Van and Storage is having a huge yard sale.
632 Industry Rd, Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 635-6811.
The folks at Tri-City Van and Storage say they have more than a warehouse collection which includes furniture, appliance, beds, baby cribs, exercise equipment, toys…you name it they’ve got it. It’s paradise for junk pickers. And again all the proceeds go to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Learn about the Crusade Ambassadors October 24
The Crusade Ambassadors help support the cause and spread the WHAS Crusade for Children’s message throughout the community, but we can’t do it alone. We need you.
Join us for a special Behind the Scenes of WHAS 11’s new station. Learn more about the Crusade Ambassadors and how you can get involved!
Open house on October 24th from 6 – 8 pm.
Snacks and drinks provided!
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Kentucky Railway Museum Train Robbery supports Crusade
As you enjoy a 90-minute train ride through the Rolling Fork River Valley, be on guard for a gang of robbers rumored to be in the New Haven area, not to worry though, law enforcement will be on hand to protect our passengers. It’s a whole lot of fun, don’t forget your camera. Passengers can surrender their loot to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children! Here are the dates:
Click here to see the Kentucky Railway Museum Web site.
Second Perception Concert November 1
UofL Pikes 2nd annual Fire Truck Pull November 9
Date: November 9th 2013
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Fourth Street LIVE! – Downtown Louisville
Cost: $100 per team ($12.50 per team member)
All proceeds benefit the WHAS Crusade for CHildren
There will be four divisions (Corporate, Campus, Sorority, and Fire/Rescue Departments)
Teams will consist of eight persons who will pull the truck 25 feet as quickly as possible. There will also be many more exciting activities taking place throughout the day. We hope that you will join us for this exciting and unique annual event. Contact Hunter Pittman at email@example.com for more information.
Being able to swallow food and water is something most of us take for granted. But for Jackson Sloan, swallowing is a skill that he’s learning to master thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Jackson’s mom, Dawn said, “He presented at seven months with seizure activity. Prior to that he just seemed like he was a little delayed.”
It took some time to get the correct diagnosis for Jackson.
Dawn continued, “We got into some testing, went through an MRI. It had shown that there was no white matter on his brain. At eighteen months he had had a right hemispherectomy where they disconnected the right hemisphere of his brain.”
The surgery and seizures left Jackson with several challenges. He doesn’t walk without help. And until he masters swallowing properly he deals with a feeding tube. Jackson is getting help at the Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital which you support through the WHAS Crusade for Children.
According to Randy Napier, President of Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital, “A lot of things you see in our facility were either funded entirely or partially by the Crusade. We just could not function without the support of the Crusade.”
That support is making noticeable improvements in Jackson’s life.
Dawn Sloan said, “Leaps and bounds. He is becoming vocal. His eating habits have definitely improved.”
Therapist Emily Lueken says that Jackson also uses an iPad and a relaxing area called a Snoozelen Room, both of which were provided with funding by the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Larry Dewald was hard to miss.
If you’ve ever been to the Kentucy State Fair, New Albany’s Harvest Homecoming, the Christmas Gift & Decor Show or countless other festivals across Kentuckiana, you’ve probably seen Larry manning a booth for the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Larry passed away Saturday, September 14, 2103 at his home. He was 60.
For many years, Larry had the blessing of Okolona Fire Department to organize raffles, set up booths and sell tickets all to benefit the Crusade. His partner in these fund and fun-raising events was fellow OFD firefighter Stan Ferguson who knew Larry for nearly 40 years.
Greeting you with a “What’s going on bubba?” or “Hey baby,” Larry was always at the ready to help the Crusade. For many years, he could be seen on the first Saturday in June reporting donations and raffle winners on the annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon on WHAS11 and 84WHAS.
Larry’s contributions to the Crusade and our everyday lives will be missed.
DEWALD, LAWRENCE “LARRY” JOSEPH SR., 60, of Louisville, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his home with his family at his side. Larry was retired from American Standard and the Okolona Fire Department. He was the Crusade Coordinator of the WHAS Crusade for Children for the Okolona Fire department. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Helen Weikel Dewald Sr.; brothers James Dewald and Henry Dewald Jr. Survivors include his loving wife Theresa Werner Dewald; son Lawrence Dewald Jr. (Jennifer), daughter Jodie Dewald; step-daughter Stephanie Frank (William), stepsons Shawn Bertholf (Rebekah) and Joshua Bertholf; 15 grandchildren. His funeral service will be noon Tuesday at Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Okolona. Burial: St. Michael’s Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, 11 a.m-8 p.m. and after 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.
Okolona Fire Protection District Chief Rich Carlson was honored Wednesday afternoon at Okolona Station 1 as he retired after 39 years of service.
The reception to honor Chief Carlson and his 39 years of service to the Okolona Fire Department and community was held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 starting at 2:00 pm.
During the reception the fire department as well as invited dignitaries honored Chief Carlson for his 39 years of service to the firefighting community. Rich served as Okolona Fire Chief since November 1, 1983.
Thanks to the pizza makers at Papa John’s, enjoying a pie means big bucks for the WHAS Crusade for Children.
“On behalf of the Papa John’s family we’d like to present this check to the Crusade for Children for more than $18,000!” Jason Wade of Papa John’s announced.
For the month of June more than 50 area Papa John’s restaurants gave $1 to the Crusade for every pizza ordered online.
Wade continued, “We’re a Louisville brand and we like to contribute to the Louisville community. So it was a no brainer for this partnership. It was a great opportunity to help out the Crusade. We also love the fact that 100 percent of the proceeds go toward help special needs children in the community.”
The first-ever Papa John’s pizza event for the Crusade went so well that Papa John’s is already working on ideas to make the second event even bigger.
Reprinted from the Facebook page of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Ohio Valley Chapter
Bud Harbsmeier is this year’s Gold Circle Honoree
Bud Harbsmeier made a tough decision after putting in 20 years as a top notch reporter covering politics, crime, sports and entertainment for WHAS11. In 1981, Bud agreed to take over leadership of the WHAS Crusade for Children. Under Harbsmeier’s leadership, the Crusade for Children grew to become the most successful local telethon in the nation. In the 19 years Bud was director, annual donations rose from $1.6 million to $5.9 million.
Even though he retired in 2000 after 40 years with WHAS, Bud remains active with the WHAS Crusade for Children. One of his duties is to present the annual “Buddy” award, named in his honor, to recognize those who best exemplify true Crusade spirit.
Click here to see 82 photos on our Facebook page from the 60th annual WHAS Crusade for Children variety show. (Stay tuned, more photos will be posted in the coming days.
Editorial salutes the 60th annual WHAS Crusade for Children
A June 5 Courier-Journal editorial salutes WHAS Crusade for Children. Thanks to all for a memorable weekend.
THE POWER OF GIVING
The power of a giving community was evident this past weekend when the final total for WHAS Crusade for Children was announced.
This year marked the 60th anniversary for the Crusade, which has helped thousands of kids with special needs over the past decades, and the drive reached its goal by raising more than $6 million.
It is in events like these that we are able to see the collective power of individuals with a common purpose. The work and hours that were poured into the Crusade were part of a yearlong effort, with the help of many people in Kentucky and Southern Indiana — including 200 fire departments and thousands of volunteers.
Milton Metz, a longtime WHAS radio and television personality, said in a Monday Courier-Journal article that it has been a privilege to watch the organization grow and that he is inspired by his participation in the Crusade.
“The weight of the pennies is enough to give you a hernia, they give you so much,” Mr. Metz said. “You realize that it transcends politics or race or age, farmers or city people giving millions of dollars.”
From firefighters holding boots at local intersections to the telethon this past weekend, the Crusade is visible in our community, and a reminder of the good that can be done by caring people.
And, the work doesn’t end with this year’s Crusade. Visit crusadeforchildren.org for information on how to pledge your support.
60th Crusade tops $6 million!
At the close of the 60th annual WHAS Crusade for Children the goal of $6 million set by the Crusade staff a few months ago was realized. Live on WHAS11, 84WHAS and whas11.com, the toteboard rolled up one more time to reveal the total of $6,001,342.00.
There are so many great stories of hard work, laughter and joy.
This Marc Murphy cartoon appeared in the June 4, 2013 edition of the Courier-Journal.
Thanks from the Crusade
This letter to the editor appeared in the June 4, 2013 edition of the Courier-Journal.
People of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, we honor 60 years with a grand total of $6,001,342! On behalf of the Crusade, we are so thankful for your generous efforts and response to the 60th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children. Once again, you have risen to the occasion to help us serve children with special needs. It is remarkable to see this community pull together every year and create a miracle.
We thank so many children, parents, churches, synagogues and schools who collected for the Crusade. We thank the businesses and organizations who made contributions. We are immensely grateful to all those firefighters, their families and friends who spent thousands of hours fundraising and collecting throughout the year. They certainly didn’t let the weather on Saturday slow them down! We thank all the schools, agencies, hospitals and treatment facilities who serve the special needs of our children in so many different ways. They are the people we are privileged to serve and support every year.
To every volunteer in our Kentuckiana area who ran, walked, collected, answered phones, counted, entertained, provided food and did something for the WHAS Crusade for Children this past year we say thank you, thank you, thank you. It is an honor for us to serve this generous community for the greater good of all our children.
President & CEO
WHAS Crusade for Children
Top 5 Kentucky Fire Departments
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Protection District $318,002.40
McMahan Fire Protection District $191,456.87
Fern Creek Fire Department $161,696.25
Highview Fire District $107,143.13
Zoneton Fire Protection District $85,786.91
Top 5 Indiana Fire Departments
Lafayette Township Fire Department $85,873.21
Charlestown Volunteer Fire Department $43,632.90
Greenville Fire Department $34,543
Ramsey VFD & EMS $28,360.10
Georgetown Township Fire District $27,400.42
Top 5 Organizations
Archdiocese of Louisville $260,000
Louisville Triple Crown of Running $190,126.00
LG&E/Kentucky Utilities $187,548.00
Norton Healthcare $136,620.35
Jefferson County Public Schools Students and Staff $136,575.95
Please honor your pledge!
It’s NEVER TOO LATE TO GIVE. Please send your contribution to:
- WHAS Crusade for Children
- 520 W. Chestnut St.
- Louisville, KY 40202
Donate safely online
To make a donation securely online, just click here.
Donate by picking up the phone
Donate any time by phone, just call (502) 582-7706.
Download the Crusade app from your app store
Through your smart phone you can explore the world of the Crusade. There’s updated information, a cool e-book to share with your kids and you can donate securely.
Who gave what? Alphabetized list here
Here is an alphabetized list of the organizations, groups, companies and fire departments that appeared on the 60th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.
The magic of the Crusade is many giving so much. Our thanks to all for making the 60th Crusade memorable.
American Legion Shawnee Post 193 $3,364.00
Amvets Post #1 $737.29
Amvets Post 3rd District #61 $4,100.00
Anchorage Fire/EMS $7,460.00
Anderson County Fire Department $6,096.11
Anneta Vol. Fire Department $5,113.89
Archdiocese of Louisville $260,000.00
Bagdad Vol. Fire Department $16,439.02
Ballardsville Fire and Rescue $13,686.15
Bardstown-Nelson Co. Vol. FD $38,779.68
Bedford Vol Fire Dept $10,894.56
Blim, Clare & Kathleen $2,840.15
Bonnieville Vol. Fire Department. $10,500.00
Boone Township Vol. FD $5,461.13
Borden/Wood Township VFD $7,117.33
Boston Volunteer Fire and Rescue $4,723.08
Boy Scouts #262 $5,042.15
Bradfordsville Fire Department $6,231.24
Breeding VFD $725.00
Buechel Fire Protection District $49,460.60
Camp Taylor Fire Department $45,129.53
Campbellsburg Fire Dept. $8,198.20
Campbellsville/Taylor Co. Fire Departments $27,571.93
Caneyville Volunteer Fire Dept. $4,131.00
Carrollton Fire Department $4,732.00
Central Hardin Fire Dept. $20,158.17
Charlestown Vol. Fire Dept. $43,632.90
Clarkson Fire Department $3,547.54
Clarksville Fire Dept. $35,512.82
Cloverport Fire Dept. $1,853.35
Columbia – Adair Co. Fire Department $32,514.13
Cross Country Distributing – Steve Hancock $62,317.00
Crusade Ambassadors $2,589.81
Deputy Vol. Fire Co. $3,751.75
East 60 Volunteer Fire Dept. $12,689.12
East Grayson County VFD $5,354.49
Eastwood Fire Protection District $23,991.27
Ekron Vol. Fire Dept. $12,000.00
Elizabeth Vol. Fire Dept. $26,117.56
Elizabethtown Fire Department $33,978.85
Eminence Fire & Rescue $26,457.95
Fairdale Fire Department $31,164.17
Falls of Rough $3,486.31
Fern Creek Fire Department $161,696.25
Fire & Iron $2,000.00
Flaherty Vol. Fire Department $17,386.96
Georgetown Twp. Vol. Fire Dept $27,400.42
Glendale Fire Dept. $8,243.16
Greater Clark Schools $24,267.00
Greensburg -Green Co. Vol. FD $15,524.30
Greenville Fire Dept. $34,543.00
GSI Commerce Employees $921.12
Hanover Twp. Vol Fire Co. $2,454.00
Hardinsburg Vol. Fire Dept. $4,855.03
Harned Fire and Rescue $21,313.13
Harrison Twp./Corydon VFD $12,020.23
Harrods Creek Fire Dept. $24,358.80
Hazelwood Center $751.29
Heth Twp Vol Fire Dept. $4,875.95
Highview Fire Dept $107,143.13
Horse Cave Vol Fire Dept $10,049.00
Individuals Car Club $370.00
Iron Eagles $340.00
Irvington Volunteer FD $3,438.50
Jefferson County Schools $136,620.35
Jeffersontown Fire Protection Dist. $21,224.00
Jeffersonville Fire Dept. $32,333.46
Jennings Township Vol. Fire Dept $12,062.83
Joe Huber Family Restaurant $1,943.00
Kelly Knoop $4,700.05
Knifley Area Vol. Fire Dept. $538.79
Kroger (61 stores) $53,000.00
Kentucky 86 Fire Dept. $13,141.42
Lafayette Township Fire Department $85,964.21
LaGrange Fire and Rescue $31,602.84
Lake Dreamland Fire Department $43,766.47
Lake Jericho Fire and Rescue $8,524.49
Lanesville VFD $19,236.45
Larue County Fire Department $4,528.37
Leavenworth Crusaders $7,016.00
Lebanon Fire District $24,201.00
Lebanon Junction Fire Dept. $5,057.44
Leitchfield Fire Department $12,161.97
LG&E/Kentucky Utilities $187,578.00
Loretto Volunteer Fire Dept. $4,865.00
Louisville Adaptive Rowing $550.00
Louisville Fire & Rescue $48,000.00
Louisville Kids Fair $9,133.00
Louisville Metro Government Employees $19,854.00
Louisville Street Rods $2,500.00
Louisville Triple Crown of Running $190,126.00
Lyndon Fire $20,648.28
McAlister’s Deli $50,718.76
McDaniels Fire & Rescue $4,089.00
McMahan Fire Protection District $191,456.87
Meade County Fire and Rescue $13,063.00
Middletown Fire Department $78,000.00
Milltown Fire Department $12,745.00
Monroe Twp. Vol. Fire Dept $6,850.00
Mt. Washington Fire Dept. $36,381.38
Muldraugh Fire Department $2,668.21
New Castle Vol Fire & Rescue $13,001.00
New Chapel Volunteer Fire Co. $7,829.33
New Haven/Rolling Fork Fire Dept. $12,227.08
New Hope VFD $3,139.00
New Middletown VFD $9,020.00
New Washington Vol. Fire Dept. $17,321.92
Nichols VFD $17,908.17
North Oldham Fire Dept. $25,691.42
Northeast Nelson Fire Dept. $11,931.55
Norton Healthcare $136,620.35
Okolona Fire Department $64,377.07
Pacers & Racers $5,000.00
Palmyra Fire Dept. $10,421.93
Parkway Rehab and Nursing Center $620.00
Payneville Fire Dept. $21,053.61
Pewee Valley Fire Dept. $21,125.00
Pierce Polk Twp VFD $5,182.25
Pleasure Ridge Park Fire District $318,002.40
Pleasureville Volunteer Fire Dept. $10,120.29
Radcliff Fire Dept. $16,658.52
Ramsey Vol. Fire and EMS $28,360.10
Raywick Vol Fire Dept. $4,459.14
Rineyville Fire Department $9,790.72
Rosey Nuss $1,268.43
Russell Springs Vol. Fire Department $5,700.00
Salem /Washington County Fire Dept. $12,826.89
Scottsburg Fire Department $9,321.97
SE Bullitt Volunteer Fire & Rescue $13,425.00
Sellersburg Fire Dept. $16,033.00
Shelby County Fire Dept. $61,176.94
Shelbyville Fire Department $25,650.00
Shepherdsville Fire and Rescue $26,574.79
Shively Fire Dept. $15,727.73
Simpsonville VFD $19,056.59
Sonora Fire and Rescue $2,492.41
South Oldham Fire and Rescue $27,604.28
Southern Indiana Rehab Hospital & Frazier Rehab $5,000.00
Sparkles and Spurs $1,615.55
Springfield/Washington Co. Fire Dept. $5,138.00
St. Marks’ United Church of Christ $947.21
St. Matthews Fire Protection District $48,560.00
Stephensburg Volunteer Fire Dept. $6,007.67
Summersville VFD $3,840.00
Superior Van & Mobility $6,000.00
Taylorsville/Spencer Co. VFD $15,855.00
Texas Roadhouse $2,000.00
University of Louisville $27,572.14
Unity Chapel Mission $300.00
Upton Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept. $1,519.18
US Census Bureau $11,295.97
Utica Twp VFD $6,152.73
Valley Creek Fire Dept $42,983.00
Vienna Vol. Fire Dept. $2,284.85
Vine Grove Fire Dept. $13,608.97
VIPS Louisville/Lexington $1,344.00
Waddy Vol. Fire Dept. $11,576.80
Wax Volunteer Fire Dept. $2,024.94
Webster Area Vol. Fire Dept. $4,300.45
West 84 VFD $2,399.34
West Point Fire Dept. & Ambulance $4,254.00
Westport VFD $2,507.57
Whayne Supply $7,395.50
White Mills Volunteer Fire Dept. $5,051.52
Willisburg Fire Dept. $3,057.02
Wolf Creek Fire Department $3,021.00
Zoneton Fire Protection District $85,786.91
Moral Side of the News panelists on Great Day Live!
Fr. Joe Graffis, Rev. Sally McClain and moderator John Blim from the TV/radio program Moral Side of the News (produced by the Crusade for Children) appeared on WHAS11’s Great Day Live! with Rachel Platt and Terry Meiners. The topic: suggestions for saying grace on Thanksgiving. Take a look.
It’s true! Kids say the darndest things!
Everyone knows how to cook a turkey, right? These kindergarten students have their own ideas.
“Get a turkey from a farm. Pull the feathers off. Put salt and pepper on it. Cook it in an oven for four hours at five degrees.”
“Buy the turkey at Kroger. Put sugar, baking soda and pumpkin in it. Bake it in the oven for 20 minutes at 50 degrees.”
— Mary Rose
“Catch a turkey in the forest. Put three eggs on the turkey. Cook it in the oven for three minutes at five degrees.”
“Buy the turkey at McDonald’s. Stuff it with ham meat, flour and pumpkin. Put it in the oven at a hot temperature for 45 minutes.”
I would wait until a turkey passed by my house. I would kill it. I would cut its neck off! Then I would tie it to a tree. The feathers must come off. I’d keep the feathers. Now cut the ropes. Take out the guts. Put the turkey in the oven. Turn up the oven to 613 Fahernheit. Set the timer for 45 minutes. It’s ready when it beeps. Taste it before you serve. Yummm!
Here’s another idea:
1. Find a turkey.
2. Cut it in half.
3. Add grease, butter, salt and pepper
4. Put it in a roasting pan in oven for 6-8 minutes at 10-12 degrees.
5. Serve with Pizza!!
Share these Thanksgiving ideas with your cook!
Special thanks to the kindergarten class at Sacred Heart Model School in Louisville.