(WHAS11) - Kentuckiana opened its hearts and wallets again this year for the WHAS Crusade for Children, giving more than $5,289,000 for special needs children.
That surpasses the total amount of donations from 2008!
This year's money is already in the bank and already generating interest. In fact, the Crusade says it made a series of bank deposits as donations poured in Saturday and Sunday.
The interest generated by that $5.2 million pays for the crusade expenses, with the first checks cut on September 1.
The agencies which receive Crusade grants sign a contract before getting the money.
Crusade overhead is also reimbursed from interest on the Crusade endowment, a separate account funded by wills and bequests. That money is not included in the tote board total.
If you made a donation, send it to the WHAS Crusade for Children, 520 West Chestnut, Louisville, Kentucky, 40202.
Even though Crusade weekend has ended, you can still give to the Crusade. For more information, call 582-7705 or go to whas crusade dot org.
On Saturday night of the Crusade, WHAS honored Milton Metz and several others with the Crusade Founders Award. The founders are the people who had a hand in the Crusade's first day 56 years ago and continue to volunteer every year.
Those given the award this year also included Ted Throckmorton and the family of the late Crusade Director, Phyllis Knight.
Now, you can also follow the Crusade on Twitter and Facebook! Follow Crusade Children on Twitter of friend CrusadeChildren on Facebook!