The 68th annual WHAS Crusade for Children raised $5.1 million to aid children with special needs in Kentuckiana during its latest campaign, which culminated with its annual telethon June 5-6.
This year’s contributions bring the all-time total — since the Crusade began in 1954 — to more than $200 million, according to the Crusade’s website, www.whascrusade.org/.
The Archdiocese of Louisville has contributed more than $8.6 million to that total since it began participating in 1955, according to archdiocesan records. That total includes this year’s collection.
The archdiocese was among the top donors again this year, reporting a donation of $235,419 during the telethon on June 6. The funds were collected during the annual parish-based collection the weekend of May 29-30, sent directly from parishioners to the Crusade in envelopes included in The Record and via web-based portals, which provide options to indicate your parish.
As of June 6, the top three parish collections in Jefferson County came from St. Michael Church, with $18,700; St. Martha Church with $12,802 and St. Raphael Church with $11,986.
The top three contributors outside of Jefferson County were Immaculate Conception Church in La Grange, Ky., with $3,741; Holy Trinity Church in Fredericktown, Ky., with $3,402; and St. James Church in Elizabethtown, Ky., with $3,220.
These totals were reported during the June 6 telethon. Donations were expected to continue being made beyond the telethon weekend, so the top contributors could change in the coming weeks.
The archdiocese’s donation was the second-highest among organizations and companies, according to the Crusade website. LG&E was the top donor in that division with $409,064. The fire departments are the other division. Pewee Valley Fire Protection topped that division with $259,564.
In addition to contributing to the campaign, the Archdiocese of Louisville is among the recipients of annual Crusade for Children grants. The archdiocese has used the funds to purchase software and devices designed to aid children with hearing loss, sensory issues and other challenges, according to the Office of Catholic Schools.