About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to make life better for children with special needs.


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Change a Child's Life Forever

100% of each donation to the WHAS Crusade for Children helps children with special needs.

The WHAS Crusade Endowment Campaign fully funds our future.

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Latest News

(From WHAS11.com)

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.

We crusade for them

In its first 65 years, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $180 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the WHAS Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that make life better for children with special needs in all 120 Kentucky counties and 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

Community Partners

WHAS Crusade for Children

520 W. Chestnut St.
Louisville, KY 40202
502.582.7706 Phone
502.582.7712 Fax
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Countdown to
the 66th annual WHAS Crusade for Children
June 1 - 2, 2019

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