The 66th annual WHAS Crusade for Children is set for June 1st & 2nd! The #WHASCrusade kicked things off by debuting this year’s pin and product design. This new design was inspired by the Route 66 TV series and highway sign.
Graphic designer, Lonnie Walker says “We thought what better way to illustrate that the Crusade is always on the road and going down the path to helping children in both Kentucky and Indiana communities.”
Stay tuned! WHAS Crusade for Children merchandise featuring the new design will be available for the public to purchase.
A former WHAS-TV General manager has died after a battle with cancer.
Robert “Bob” Klingle, who served as general manager from 2000 to 2007, died Monday, January 14 in Scottsdale, Arizona where he was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
During his time in Louisville, he led the station with special coverage of the September 11, 2001 tragedy and signed a new deal with the University of Louisville to make WHAS11 the home of the Cardinals for several years.
Klingle also expanded the WHAS Crusade for Children by creating the first-ever Crusade Endowment to help ensure the Crusade’s future.
His wife Jean told WHAS11 News, “Bob felt very fortunate to have lived and worked in Louisville and was glad to have been part of the Crusade.”
Klingle would say right up until his final moments, “I am the luckiest man in the world”.
The family will hold a celebration of life in Louisville this spring.
He was 62-years-old.
Expectant parents hope and pray that their child will be born perfectly healthy. And that was the case for the Eckstein family. However, when their son, Leo was born with hearing loss they say the initial diagnosis took them completely by surprise.
Thanks to funding from the WHAS Crusade for Children, Heuser Hearing Institute has been able to provide equipment and therapies to give youngsters like Leo every chance to fulfill their potential. Since 1979, Heuser has received Crusade grants totaling more than $1 million, which have helped thousands of children with hearing issues.
To make a secure online donation, CLICK HERE or call (502) 582-7706.
Donate by mail:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
The perfect gift! A brick on the WHAS Crusade Walk of Fame
To commemorate the 50th annual WHAS Crusade for Children, the sidewalk that surrounds the WHAS11 building at 6th and Chestnut Streets in downtown Louisville is now a place of tribute.
The WHAS Crusade for Children Walk of Fame is constructed of paving bricks available to engrave with your special message.
Your donation of $100 for a 5” X 8” or $500 for a 12” X 12” brick will pave the way for the WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment.
Each 5” X 8” brick can be engraved with three lines of text to honor:
Each 12” X 12” brick can include up to five lines of text or an engraved company or organization logo. Call (502) 582-7706 for details.
Order your brick
CLICK HERE to order a personalized brick securely online.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the brick brochure and order form.
Then follow these simple steps:
Mail the brick order form and payment to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Questions? Call the WHAS Crusade for Children office at
Pave the way for children with special needs
Help make a difference FOREVER. The WHAS Crusade for Children Endowment fully funds the Crusade’s future.
It guarantees that 100% of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
Beyond your annual contribution, the Crusade needs your Endowment donation now. To change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Certificate of ownership
For each brick purchased, a certificate of ownership is issued to you or to whomever you designate.
About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised more than $180 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and 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. The Crusade is the most successful and oldest local telethon in America.
To make a secure online donation, click here or call (502) 582-7706.
Sign up for the Louisville Triple Crown of Running and receive $15 off your entry fee now until January 14, 2019.
The runners of Kentuckiana make magic happen each Spring supporting children with special needs in Kentucky and southern Indiana like Addy (see her video below).
Save the dates for the 2019 race series:
Saturday, February 23rd – Anthem 5K Fitness Classic
Saturday, March 9th – Rodes City Run 10K
Saturday, March 23rd – Papa Johns 10 Miler
All three races benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Join Team Crusade
Call the Crusade office at 502-582-7706 for more information on how to join Team Crusade. Team Crusade is a running team that takes part in all three races. Your running skill level doesn’t matter. You’ll join a fun group that just wants to help children with special needs. 100% for the kids!
The 10th annual WHAS Crusade for Children “Building the Future” mini-telethon will air Saturday, December 8th 6:30 to 8:00pm on WHAS11.
The program is devoted to the WHAS Crusade Endowment. It will feature contributors from across Kentuckiana who are making a difference. The program will be hosted by WHAS11’s Rachel PLatt and 840 WHAS Radio’s Terry Meiners.
More about the WHAS Crusade Endowment
In September, 2002, the WHAS Crusade for Children Board of Directors voted to create the new Crusade Endowment.
It guarantees that 100 percent of the Crusade’s annual telethon collections continue to go directly to agencies that help children with special needs. It ensures that millions more children will be helped for decades to come.
– 100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.
– The Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.
– Beyond your annual contribution, we need your Crusade Endowment donation now.
– Change a child’s life forever, support the WHAS Crusade Endowment.
Watch this video about Jane Charmoli. See why she made the decision to include the WHAS Crusade for Children in her estate plans.
You’ve heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday…now today is GIVING TUESDAY!
Make a difference in the life of a child with special needs with a tax-deductible donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Honor a loved one.
Give a gift to the person who has everything.
Make a year-end tax deduction.
Just CLICK HERE!
Thanksgiving Day at 4:00pm on WHAS11, watch a 2 hour WHAS Crusade for Children special program showing your generosity at work helping children with special needs.
Plus you’ll see great performances from past Crusades.
Join Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt for this heartwarming holiday special and see how you are making a difference.
IT’S THE ANNUAL WHAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN YARD SALE presented by Tri City Van & Storage and The Kentuckiana Corvette Club to benefit the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Friday, October 12th – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 13th – 8:00am to 2:00pm
Tri City Van & Storage
632 Industry Road
Louisville, KY 40208
Something for everyone!
Lip Sync Challenge video debuts!
“Don’t Stop Believin'” in the WHAS Crusade for Children! #GiveForGoodLou is on September 13, 2018. With your support it’s going to be “A Beautiful Day.” Don’t believe us? Just watch!
The WHAS Crusade for Children will help make history on September 13th by participating in the 5th annual Give for Good Louisville, a 24-hour day of online giving for local nonprofit organizations. We invite you to take part by rallying around the Crusade and to help connect us to the larger community.
Please join our campaign and help us raise thousands of dollars to make life better for local children with special needs. Donate, spread the word, be our social media champions – there are so many ways on this day to promote the impactful work the Crusade has been doing for 65 years!
How can you help?
• Click here for the Crusade section of Give for Good Louisville. Visit any time between midnight-to-midnight on September 13 to make a donation to the Crusade. Remember, 100% of your gift will go directly to the thousands of children who benefit from our funding.
• Become a “Crusader for Children” – and start your own personal fundraising page for Give For Good Louisville. Contact email@example.com for help in setting it up.
• Simply tell your friends and family about Give for Good Louisville – in person, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere!
Thank you to your generosity to the WHAS Crusade for Children on September 13th. Now, let’s go make history!