Crusade word for the year: ‘Generosity’
Several Harrison County fire departments collected fewer dollars for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children than last year, but, thanks to the generosity of the community, the Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Department surpassed its previous year’s total by about $1,000.
‘The people of the community put this together this year,’ Chief Joe LaPlant said Sunday at the remote Crusade site in the Old Capitol Centre parking lot in Corydon.
Elizabeth VFD contributed $18,637 to the 57th annual Crusade, which had its best year since 2005. When the Crusade went off the air Sunday night at 9:30, the tally was at $5,301,182. Donations usually continue to be received for several weeks after Crusade weekend, the first Saturday and Sunday in June.
Funds donated to the Crusade are used to help im-prove the lives of children in 50 Southern Indiana counties and all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
LaPlant said his department collected at a roadblock just one weekend this year.
Elizabeth firefighters appeared a little nervous while LaPlant was reading the donor list. It seems that they noticed Harrison Township firefighters redirecting their ladder truck nozzle in their direction and may have been anticipating a soaking after a little friendly water fight the previous day.
Harrison Township VFD wasn’t the only department to receive a visit ‘ and water blast ‘ from Elizabeth. Lanesville VFD also was involved. Tony Combs, chief at Lanesville, said his department was ready with a line and ‘blasted’ them in return.
But, Harrison Township used the ladder truck as a distraction. As soon as LaPlant announced Elizabeth’s totals, the HTVFD firefighters and some others let loose with water balloons.
On Sunday, New Middletown VFD, which brought its 1953 pumper ‘ a 50th anniversary edition, also reported a slight increase over its 2009 total. Mike Riley said they collected $7,704.34, thanks to ‘one man who donated pretty generously.’
Heth Township VFD donated $7,161.06. Longtime firefighter Stanley Coffman was back at the Crusade this year, after missing last year’s ‘ his first absence in 30 years ‘ while recovering from surgery.
Cody Roby, representing Boone Township VFD, an-nounced their donation of $3,000 then was quickly making his exit, as he had another engagement to attend: his graduation from South Central Junior-Senior High School, which was due to start in about 65 minutes.
Boone Township’s donation included funds raised at a golf scramble. The firefighters believed the scramble was a success and hope to do it again next year.
Elementary school student Jaeden Singleton collected $500 on behalf of Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department during his first Crusade collection. He went door-to-door, along with his sister, to ask for donations. Chris Woertz said Ramsey VFD collected $16,743.60 this year.
Stephen Becht of Floyds Knobs, who has spent the past 42 years collecting for the Crusade at family gatherings throughout the year, turned in $2,647.05, about $950 more than last year.
Musical entertainment was missing at the Corydon remote site this year, but Frank Schroeder entertained the children with balloon art. Thad Holton, co-owner of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Corydon, delivered a hot order of wings.
Other Harrison County fire departments and their amounts were: Lanesville, $14,679.54; Harrison Township, $14,059.15; and Palmyra, $8,828.62. (Milltown-Whiskey Run Township VFD, as always, took its donation to Louisville. This year’s total was $10,052.87, up from last year’s donation of $7,386.70.)
Several other fire departments, from Indiana as well as Kentucky, brought their donations to Corydon. They include Lafayette Township ($54,207.84); Georgetown Fire and Rescue ($11,977.82); Meade County Fire Protection District ($17,089.84); Marengo-Liberty Township ($9,315.65); Salem Fire Co. ($17,845); and Payneville (Ky.) Fire Department ($20,008.21).