WHAS11 Storm Aid Telethon raises more than $85,000


by WHAS11


Posted on March 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 7 at 12:20 PM

More info on donating or volunteering to help storm victims in Indiana and Kentucky.

(WHAS11) -- WHAS11 raised $85,125 during on-air telethon for storm victims from the tornado outbreak in Kentucky on Wed., Feb. 29, and the historic tornado event that struck Southern Indiana  and parts of Kentucky on Fri. March 2.

At least 7 tornadoes moved through the Midwest on Friday, March 2, 2012, leaving 40 people killed in 5 states. Twenty-two people died in Kentucky and 13 in Indiana. The National Weather Service said the tornado that struck New Pekin measured an EF-3 on the enhanced Fujita scale, while another tornado that struck nearby Henryville, Ind., measured an EF-4 and packed winds of 175 mph.

  • Viewers who were unable to call us during the telethon may call the Red Cross directly at 502-561-3691.
  • Viewers who wish to donate may write a check instead of using their debit/credit card for donations - check donations should be made out to American Red Cross.
  • The process the Red Cross uses for your donations: Donations go to the general fund for now, but they are then directed to areas where the Red Cross is currently using its resources. If the Red Cross receives more than is needed for the current victims, it is retained for future disaster area victims.
  • Red Cross is asking for no spontaneous on-site volunteers at this time, but individuals and group organizations wishing to make donations and volunteer time should call Indiana 211.
  • $.97 of every $1 the Red Cross receives, will be used for the goods and services provided to the communities affected by the tornadoes.

Special thanks to Chuck Denny the president of PNC Bank's region in Kentucky and Tennessee. He donated $12,000 on behalf of the local employees. Also thanks to former WHAS11 Anchor Ken Rowland, who anchored our April 3,  1974 tornado coverage. Rowland came in to the station and answered phones.

Visit our Kentuckiana Tornado section for the latest photos, stories, news and info on how you can help after Friday's storms.