Dear Crusade friend,
I have a great story to share with you as we express gratitude during this season of giving. To the surprise of the Gaither family, Zuri came early, weighing only 2 lbs. 1 oz. Thanks to expert medical care at Baptist Health and some critical pieces of equipment funded by the WHAS Crusade for Children, Zuri’s early birth turned from concern to joy. This would not be possible without the generosity of this community!
For decades, you have made it possible for the Crusade to help millions of children. In 2017, your generosity allowed the Crusade to award grants to nearly 200 agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. As you prepare for the holidays, please remember Zuri and other children with special needs and make a year-end contribution to the Crusade. There are many ways you can give. Our website, WHASCrusade.org, provides information on all these opportunities:
• Send your check or charge information in the enclosed envelope to the Crusade Office
• Become a Crusade Angel through monthly automatic deductions
• Purchase a Walk of Fame brick in honor of that hard-to-buy-for individual on your list
• Purchase a Walk of Fame brick to honor the memory of someone you lost this year
• Donate appreciated stock, life insurance policies or other non-cash property
• Consider including the Crusade in your will or through a bequest
The children served by the Crusade are truly an inspiration and heroes to all of us. It is heartwarming to see beautiful Zuri featured in our annual children’s calendar, doing so well today. Thank you for being a champion for these children. As you enter the holidays, may your life be full of gratitude.
Chief Executive Officer
Welcome to the 11th annual Crusade Children’s Calendar! The WHAS Crusade for Children is creating a 15-month calendar that will begin in October, 2018.
The contest is open to children who are not older than 5-years-old by June 1, 2018.
How it works
As child photos are submitted, they will be seen here on WHASCrusade.org. People then vote for their favorite child by sending in donations to the Crusade. The child with the most donations (votes) will appear on the calendar cover. The child with the second most donations will appear on his or her favorite month. Third place will choose his or her month and so on til all months are filled. Please read the official rules below.
The Crusade will have professional photos taken of the top 16 children and those are the photos that will appear in the calendar. All children will be included in the calendar. Those who don’t make the top 16 will get day and date spots chosen in finishing order. Vote getter number 17 will get first choice of day and date, then number 18, etc.
Get started here
All entrants must fill out the Calendar Entry Form.
Follow these simple steps:
1. Read the complete rules below
2. Click on the graphics below to download the forms
3. Fill out the ENTRY form
4. Email or mail the completed ENTRY form, $25 entry fee and baby picture
Send in your child’s photo and entry forms!
Those interested, must send in one (1) child photo or CD containing one (1) child photo. The photo will not be returned.
Email your photo, Calendar Entry Form plus the $25 entry fee to:
To e-mail Deandra, click here
Via Postal Service
Mail your photo, Calendar Entry Form and $25 entry fee to:
WHAS Crusade for Children
520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Photos and entry forms must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
Call (502) 582-7706
Read these complete rules
1. The WHAS Crusade for Children will create a 15-month calendar starting October, 2018.
2. The contest is open to children who are not older than 5 years by June 1, 2018.
3. One child photo or CD with photo and child’s name must be submitted and will not be returned.
4. Parent(s) must check the box on the ENTRY FORM RELEASE AGREEMENT allowing use of child’s image.
5. Photos & entry forms must be received by 4:00pm EDT April 13, 2018.
6. All child photos will be posted on www.WHASCrusade.org
7. The Crusade will photograph the top 16 children for calendar publication.
8. Winners will be determined by the largest monetary donation (voting by contribution).
9. All donations must be received by 4:00pm EDT May 25, 2018.
10. The winner will be featured on the calendar cover.
11. The second place winner gets first choice of a specific month.
12. The third place winner gets second choice of a specific month.
13. The fourth through 16th winners will get choice of the remaining months.
14. The winners finishing 17th and beyond will get choice of specific days in the year.
15. The top 16 finalists will receive one free 8″x10″ photo.
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 64 years, the Crusade has raised more than $175 million.
Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade for Children 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.
The 9th annual WHAS Crusade for Children “Building the Future” mini-telethon will air Saturday, December 2nd 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.
Congratulations to Monroe Township Fire Department, Northeast Nelson County Fire Protection District, Highview Fire Protection District, Cub Run Fire Department and Cross County Distributing for the highest percentage increases in donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children from 2016 to 2017.
This year, thanks to firefighters, businesses and the good people of Kentucky and Indiana the WHAS Crusade for Children raised $5.5 million. Today, fire crews and one business are being recognized for showing the largest percentage increase in their totals for the 2017 Crusade. These awards are called the Walton Awards and the Phyllis Knight Award. Both are named for pioneering TV hosts and former Crusade directors, Jim Walton and Phyllis Knight.
The Jim Walton Awards
In the category from $1,000 and $9,999 in donations:
Cub Run Volunteer Fire Department
2016 total: $500.00
2017 total: $1,698.15
Increase of 240%
(Cub Run was unable to attend the ceremony.)
In the category from $10,000 and $49,999 in donations:
Northeast Nelson Fire Department
2016 total: $14,308.13
2017 total: $137,734.97
Increase of 863%
In the category from $50,000 and $99,999 in donations:
Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department
2016 total: 35,918.64
2017 total: $50,396.16
Increase of 40%
In the category from $100,000 in donations and above:
Highview Fire Proteciton District
2016 total: $106,733.33
2017 total: $261,755.13
Increase of 145%
(Okolona, Buechel & Camp Taylor gave Highview their collections in memory of firefighter Kevin Bayens.)
The Phyllis Knight Award
Each year in honor of former Crusade Executive Director Phyllis Knight, the Knight Award is given to the business or organization with the largest percentage increase in its donation.
This year that award goes to:
Cross Country Distributing
2016 total: $50,052.00
2017 total: $75,177.00
Increase of 50%
We want to point out that Steve Hancock and Cross Country Distributing have raised $948,000 dollars since 1990. That means if they raise $52,000 dollars in the coming year they’ll cross the million dollar mark in donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
This is why fire departments do so much
Meet Zoe! She’s a shining example of what a difference your Crusade donations can make in the life of a child.
Fire departments raise nearly 60 percent of the Crusade for Children’s donations each year by staging road blocks and other events.
It all started in 1956 when Pleasure Ridge Park Fire Chief Ernie Bohler stood on stage during the third annual Crusade in a steamy un-air-conditioned Memorial Auditorium and challenged all fire departments to join the cause. The challenge was heard loud and clear.
Click here to see the complete list of fire departments that participate annually in the WHAS Crusade for Children.
We are excited to announce the launch of our redesigned website!
Easily access information using the menu options at the top of the home page:
Thank you Joe Lackner of Celsius for all your help with this project and for being such a great WHAS Crusade for Children partner!
Helping make life better for children with special needs
Agencies, hospitals and schools across Kentuckiana that serve children with special needs got some great news from the WHAS Crusade for Children this week.
The Crusade sent out grant letters on July 1 to organizations to let them know their requests will be funded from the $5,500,000 collected during the 64th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.
The 30-hour broadcast aired on WHAS11 television, 840WHAS radio, WBNA-TV21 (Louisville), WBKO-TV13 (Bowling Green) and worldwide on WHAS11.com during the weekend of June 3 and 4.
It’s America’s most successful local telethon.
Click here to learn more about the Crusade grant process.
2017 WHAS Crusade for Children Grants
LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Adair Board of Education $49,000.00
Allegro Dance Project $5,000.00
American Red Cross $20,000.00
American Printing House for Blind $6,000.00
Americana Community Ctr. $9,750.00
Anchorage Independent School District $40,000.00
Appalachian Reg’l Healthcare $7,810.64
Archdiocese of Louisville $48,000.00
Asbury University $20,000.00
Baptist Health $78,000.00
Bardstown Ind. Schools $32,739.00
Barren River Area Child Adv. Center $10,000.00
Bath County Board of Education $8,000.00
Bellarmine University/Physical Therapy Prog. $40,000.00
Bellarmine University/Scholarships $12,000.00
Best Buddies Kentucky $10,500.00
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana $6,000.00
Bingham Child Guidance $50,000.00
Bluegrass Chapter of Nat’l AMBUCS $1,200.00
Bluegrass Ctr. For Autism $25,000.00
Boys & Girls Club $12,000.00
Boys & Girls Club of Bowling Green $8,000.00
Boys & Girls Haven $95,000.00
Breckinridge Co.Board of Education $38,000.00
Bullitt Co. Board of Education $50,000.00
Bullitt Co. Family YMCA Branch $7,000.00
Burgin Ind. Schools $5,000.00
Camp TESSA $7,000.00
Camp TESSA of Meade Co. $5,200.00
Campbellsville Board of Education $18,000.00
Canaan Community Academy $10,000.00
Carroll Co. Publc Schools $6,000.00
CASA of Lexington $17,000.00
CASA of South Central KY $7,500.00
CASA of the Heartland $11,250.00
CASA of the River Region $6,500.00
CASA of Woodlawn $4,100.00
CASA Program for Bullitt County, Inc. $15,000.00
Caverna Board of Education $8,400.00
Center for Courageous Kids $40,000.00
Center for Women & Families $17,000.00
Centerstone Kentucky $34,000.00
Central Ky. Education Coop $30,000.00
Child Development Ctr. Of the Bluegrass $10,000.00
Children’s Law Ctr. $12,500.00
Clark County Youth Shelter $11,000.00
Clarksville Community Schools $13,800.00
Cloverport Ind. Schools $38,000.00
Communities in Schools Clark County $10,000.00
Community Action of So. Indiana $12,000.00
Community Action of So. Ky. $10,000.00
Ctr. Of Women/Infants University Hospital $46,377.00
Cumberland Co. Board of Education $6,189.50
Cystic Fibrosis $8,000.00
Dorman Preschool $28,000.00
Down Syndrome Ass. Of Central Ky. $3,000.00
Down Syndrome of Louisville $15,000.00
Dream Riders of Ky. $7,000.00
Dreams with Wings $10,000.00
Easter Seals West Ky. $9,000.00
EKU/Autism Spectrum Disorders $5,000.00
EKU/Special Education $17,841.00
Elizabethtown Ind. Schools $16,000.00
Eminence Ind. Schools $23,000.00
Englishton Park Presb. Ministries $3,000.00
Exceptional Equitation $3,500.00
Family & Children’s Place $26,500.00
Family Ark $17,650.00
Family Enrichment Ctr. $10,000.00
Family Scholar House $20,000.00
Fayette Co. Public School District $17,000.00
FEAT of Louisville $13,000.00
Flaget Memorial Hospital $10,000.00
Floyd Memorial Hospital $22,688.77
Frankfort Ind. Schools/Capital City Prep $17,500.00
Franklin Co. Board of Education $30,000.00
Frazier Rehab Inst. $8,000.00
Friends School $20,000.00
Fund for the Arts $7,500.00
Gateway Community Action $2,000.00
Gilda’s Club Louisville $20,000.00
Graves Co. Board of Education $10,000.00
Grayson Co. Schools $20,057.89
Greater Clark County Schools $36,500.00
Green Co. Board of Education $16,000.00
Green Hill Therapy $18,000.00
Hancock Co. Public Schools $4,000.00
Hardin Co. Board of Education $44,000.00
Hardin Memorial Hospital $90,000.00
Harrison Co. Hospital $4,143.95
Harrison County Exc. Learners Coop $20,728.33
Hart Co. Schools $14,000.00
Henry Co. Schools $22,500.00
Heuser Hearing & Language $75,687.45
Hindman Settlement School $12,500.00
Home of Innocents #2 $105,000.00
Home of Innocents/Capital $125,000.00
Hope Hill Youth Services $4,000.00
Indian Summer Camp $20,000.00
Jefferson Co. Public Schools (JCPS)/Assistive Technology $60,000.00
JCPS/Communication Disorders $18,700.00
JCPS/Deaf & Hard of Hearing $18,000.00
JCPS/Early Childhood $7,000.00
JCPS/Moderate to Severe Disabilities $32,000.00
Jewish Community Ctr. $5,000.00
Jr. Achievement of Kentuckiana $4,100.00
Kentuckiana Children’s Center $22,000.00
Kid’s Ctr. For Pediatric Therapies $30,000.00
KORE Academy $6,000.00
Ky. Children’s Hospital $5,625.00
Ky. Ctr. For Arts Found $25,000.00
Ky. Ctr. For Special Children’s Services $62,800.00
Ky. Easter Seals/Creative Beginnings $2,420.00
Ky. Educational Development Corp. $15,000.00
Ky. Hemophilia Found. $6,000.00
Ky. Horse Park Foundation $5,000.00
Ky. Lions Eye Foundation $15,575.47
Ky. School for Deaf $35,000.00
Lake Cumberland Com. Action $1,711.00
LaRue Co. Schools $12,000.00
Lawrence County Schools $20,000.00
Learning Disabilities $1,210.00
Learning for Life $18,000.00
Lexington Hearing & Speech Ctr. $10,000.00
LifeSpring Health Systems $3,000.00
Lighthouse Promise $5,500.00
Lincoln County School $18,500.00
Madison Area Educational Services Unit $8,500.00
Madison Consolidated Schools $20,000.00
Marion Co. Board of Education $11,995.00
Meade Co. Board of Education $25,000.00
Meredith-Dunn School $19,000.00
Miracle Dancer Scholarship Found. $3,080.00
Miracle League of Louisville $55,000.00
Mountain Comp. Care Ctr. $17,000.00
Muscular Dystrophy $12,000.00
Nativity Academy of St. Boniface $22,000.00
Nelson Co. Schools $20,000.00
New Albany/Floyd Co. Schools $62,098.00
No. Ky. Coop for Ed. Services $3,000.00
Norton Children’s Hospital $450,000.00
Oldham Co. Board of Education $50,000.00
Open Door Youth Services $9,000.00
Orange Co. Rehab $36,000.00
Our Lady of Peace $27,000.00
Our Lady of Providence Jr-Sr High School $14,000.00
Owen Co. Schools $5,000.00
Owensboro Dance Theatre $13,000.00
Owensboro Health Foundation $18,013.00
Paws With Purpose $20,000.00
People & Animal Learning Services $2,000.00
Personal Counseling Service $40,000.00
Pitt Academy $25,000.00
Providence Self Sufficiency $15,000.00
Puzzle Pieces $18,000.00
Riley Children’s Foundation $8,000.00
Rockcastle Reg’l Hospital $20,000.00
Scott County School District 2 $10,000.00
Shelby Co. Schools $80,000.00
So. Hills Counseling Ctr. $13,000.00
So. Indiana Rehab Hospital $10,000.00
South Central Area Coop $20,000.00
South Central Ky. Kids on Block $3,500.00
Spalding University/Enabling Technologies $7,500.00
Spalding University/Scholarships $12,000.00
Special Olympics of Ky. $17,000.00
Spencer Co. Schools $28,000.00
Spina Bifida Assoc. of Ky. $23,000.00
Sproutlings Ped. Day Care/Preschool $10,115.00
St. Francis School #2 $15,000.00
St. Joseph Children’s Home $20,000.00
St. Joseph London Hospital $20,000.00
St. Vincent de Paul $10,000.00
Summit Academy of Greater Lou. $12,500.00
Sunrise Children’s Services $20,000.00
Taylor Co. BOE $12,000.00
Telford YMCA $10,000.00
The de Paul School $80,000.00
The Morton Ctr. $24,000.00
The REATH Center $4,000.00
University of Kentucky/PACCK $6,000.00
U of L/ Pediatrics Capital Project $238,000.00
U of L/Cystic Fibrosis $20,000.00
U of L/Dentistry $40,000.00
U of L/Endrocrinology Infusion $14,000.00
U of L/Learning Disorders $60,000.00
U of L/Neurology Prog. $150,000.00
U of L/Ped. Nutrition $60,000.00
U of L/Pediatric Clinic $12,000.00
U of L/Scholarships $20,000.00
U of L/StAR $103,000.00
Volunteers of America $20,000.00
VSA Kentucky $10,000.00
Washington Co. Schools $12,000.00
Wendell Foster’s Campus $18,000.00
West Clark Community Schools $16,000.00
West Point Ind. Board of Education $19,000.00
Whitley Co. Board of Education $7,624.00
Wilderness Trace Child Deve. Center $10,000.00
WKU/Early Childhood $33,950.00
WKU/Kelly Autism $20,000.00
Women’s Hospital at St. Joseph East $30,000.00
Woodford Co. Schools $9,000.00
Working for Puzzle for Autism $6,000.00
YMCA of Gr. Louisville $15,000.00
YMCA Safe Places $15,000.00
Youth Ethics & Skills Ctr. $8,000.00
YouthBuild Louisville $2,000.00
Providence High School penny war raises thousands
Compassion + Generosity + Friendly Competition = $3021.21 for children with special needs. Students at Providence High School raised thousands for the WHAS Crusade for Children in their annual Penny War.
The Junior class raised the most money in the school’s Penny War this year. One student even donated her entire paycheck.
Crusade kids were the real winners. 100% of all donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children are granted to hospitals, schools and agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana that provide direct services for children with special needs.
Fastsigns honored for helping Crusade
Congratulations to the WHAS Crusade for Children’s long-time partner Fastsigns for winning “Show Us How You Care” International Franchise Award and then donating the $500 winnings to the Crusade.
The Crusade gives great thanks to owners Susan and Sam Cilone for their endless support that started 22 years ago. The first banner they made as a company was for the Crusade and it read “Thank you firefighters!”
Whenever a banner, trophy, plaque or help of any kind is needed, they are always there.
Learn more about their business by visiting their website: Fastsigns Louisville.
They are located at 6005 A Fern Valley Rd. in Louisville. Call: (502) 969-7002
Sam & Susan Cilone have operated their Fastsigns franchise for 22 years.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — He was a fixture on the WHAS Crusade for Children from its beginnings in 1954.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of WHAS-TV and Radio legend, Milton Metz. He died peacefully in Louisville at the age of 95.
Milton became one of this area’s most recognized personalities, first heard on WHAS Radio in 1946. He helped put WHAS-TV on the air. In fact, he was one of the first faces you saw on WHAS-TV in 1950.
Milton just celebrated his 95th birthday in September in rehab. The WHAS Crusade for Children staff brought him a cake. More than 300 viewers mailed get well cards to him after he had fallen and broken his shoulder in the summer and was in recovery last August. He loved every card and letter, and along the way, he always said he was getting wonderful care.
His trailblazing nighttime radio show called “Metz Here” was one of the first nighttime talk shows in the United States. It ran from 1959 to 1993.
He also hosted “Omelet” on WHAS-TV, an interview program that aired before the Noon News on WHAS-TV. He picked Faith Lyles as his co-host.
He retired from 840 WHAS-AM in 1993 but kept doing ads for TV and Radio.
He came to Louisville from Columbus, Ohio and married his beloved wife Mimi whom he met in Louisville. She died last April. He is survived by his son Perry Metz.
Funeral arrangements are pending through the Herman Meyer Funeral Home.
Watch Milton on the 10th annual WHAS Crusade for Children opening in 1963.
Watch Milton’s appearance on the 63rd annual WHAS Crusade for Children in 2016.
Watch a reflection of Milton’s career and life captured by WHAS11 news.
Click here for more coverage from WHAS11.com.
Click here for more coverage from The Courier-Journal.
Click here to hear Milton Metz interview a 20 year-old Muhammad Ali on 840 WHAS when he was still Cassius Clay. It was originally broadcast on WHAS on November 29, 1962.