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WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Established by WHAS TV and radio in 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children raises money for schools, agencies, and hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of special-needs children. 2008 marks the Crusade's 55th year.

As of 2007, the Crusade had raised more than $123 million and helped approximately three million children, making it America’s oldest and most successful local telethon.

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The Crusade returns 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 half of the total each year by staging “roadblocks” and other events.

The annual Crusade radio/telethon is held each year on the first full weekend in June and is aired on WHAS Radio (AM 840), WHAS-TV (Channel 11), WHAS-DT (Channel 55) and worldwide on WHAS11.com. Portions of the broadcast are also seen and heard on a Kentucky statewide network.

Get a historical look at the Crusade for Children in this season one Louisville Life segment, and learn about co-host Terry Meiners. Plus, get a year-by-year timeline of the Crusade's history here.

Program 226
Memories of Louisville's Fontaine Ferry Park, the WHAS Crusade for Children, and sequicentennial celebrations for the Louisville Fire Department and the Ursuline Sisters. Plus, author Steve Wiser's predictions for Louisville in 2035. (#226)