The countdown is on to the start of the biggest fundraiser in Kentuckiana

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by Melanie Kahn

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 11:43 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 4 at 11:47 PM

(WHAS11)  We are now just a few hours away from kicking off the WHAS Crusade for Children.
 

Our studio is all set up right and ready to go.  We will be live all day Saturday and Sunday taking your donations.
 

WHAS11’s Melanie Kahn was out with firefighters, who were getting a jump start on collecting donations, all day Friday.
 

The countdown is on to the start of the biggest fundraiser in Kentuckiana, the WHAS Crusade for Children.  And firefighters were already pounding the pavement, collecting donations for the cause.
 

Shaun Carta, a Highview firefighter said, “As a volunteer, or as a firefighter, to know that you’re out here working all day long and doing it for a great cause for the kids and for the community is just completely awesome.  It’s definitely worth it.  Every day is worth it.”
 

Every year the Crusade raises millions of dollars for local children and much of that money comes from the donations collected by local firefighters
 

Dawn Lee, Crusade for Children CEO said, “They are the most important.  We’re here getting ready for the show, but the firefighters are actually all out on the roads and their biggest days of collection are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
 

And while these men and women are outside hitting the streets, others are inside rehearsing for the annual Crusade Variety Show during the Crusade for Children Telethon.
 

“This year there were over $12 million in requests and so we have our work cut out for us.  It’s been a difficult year for the Crusade.  There’s no doubt about that, but the people of Kentuckiana love the Crusade and tend to dig deep when things look bleak, so we’re just hoping for the best,” said Lee.
 

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