The WHAS Crusade for Children just received a belated holiday gift of $2,417.53 from the First Savings Bank group in southern Indiana.
This past holiday season the bank gave customers a unique option. Instead of receiving a traditional gift of a tin of cookies or something similar the bank chose to make the money that would be spent on those gifts available to charity. Bank customers received a special holiday card with the option to designate one of four charities to which the bank would make a donation.
The WHAS Crusade for Children was one of those four charities. January 30th, Crusade CEO Dawn Lee accepted a check for of $2,417.53 from bank President and CEO Larry Myers. Myers says that, “The charity program was such a hit with customers that First Savings Bank will be doing it again next holiday season.”
61st annual WHAS Crusade for Children is June 7-8, 2014
Today the WHAS Crusade for Children debuts its new graphic look for the 61st annual Crusade.
Lonnie Walker, a graphic artist and owner of Primo Graphics in Louisville said, “Every year we’ve added an element that depicts caring or we’ve tried to play up the anniversary.”
He presented the new 61st year logo to the charity’s President & CEO Dawn Lee. Lonnie says he wanted to bring a sports feel to the overall look.
He said, “An image that would translate well not only to pins, merchandise and staff shirts but kind of give them a team-building look once the logo gets out and used in a broader sense.”
This is the fourth year that Lonnie has created the Crusade’s yearly logo. in the weeks ahead, you’ll see the new logo on merchandise here on WHASCrusade.org.
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.