July 20, 2006

2006 WHAS Crusade for Children Grants Announced

Louisville, KY -- The WHAS Crusade for Children has awarded its grants for 2006 to agencies serving children with special needs.

$5,047,554 will be distributed in Kentucky and Indiana. That total represents 100 percent of all donations made during the 53rd Annual WHAS Crusade for Children on June 3 and 4, 2006. 181 grants are being awarded to 154 different agencies. Funds become available September 1, 2006.

Agencies awarded more than one grant are:

The complete list of grants is available at www.WHASCrusade.org.

An independent panel decides
An interdenominational panel of eleven ministers, known as the Crusade Advisory Panel, determines the allocation of funds. The panel reviewed grant applications from nearly 200 agencies during hearings that began in March and concluded in May, 2006. No employees from WHAS-TV, WHAS Radio nor the WHAS Crusade for Children are involved in the decision making process. The ministers deliberated for countless hours to make their decisions.
Agencies receiving funds are given them strictly on a reimbursement basis. Goods or services approved by the Crusade Advisory Panel are paid only after the agency provides an invoice to the Crusade. No funds are given up front.
The people make it happen
"The children served by the WHAS Crusade for Children are forever grateful to the people of Kentuckiana for their pennies, nickels, dimes and dollars." said Rebecca Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of the WHAS Crusade for Children.
"We appreciate the effort of all those who work throughout the year to make sure these children get a chance for success in life."
Learn more about the WHAS Crusade for Children Advisory Panel and the grant process at www.WHASCrusade.org.

About the WHAS Crusade for Children
The WHAS Crusade for Children, established by WHAS-TV in 1954, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In the past 53 years, the Crusade has raised more than $118 million. Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, 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 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.
Approximately 3 million 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.

For further information, contact the WHAS Crusade for Children at (502) 582-7706.

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