‘Hot’ Crusade exceeds last year’s total
Numerous firefighters and other volunteers braved the heat to collect donations for the 58th annual WHAS Crusade for Children. And what started out to be another sweltering day to turn in those donations ended with a brief rain shower at the remote location in the Old Capitol Centre parking lot in Corydon.
More than $250,000 was delivered to the Corydon location Sunday, where WHAS’s Adam Walser interviewed fire chiefs or their representative and had them report how they were able to collect money that will be used to help improve the lives of children in 50 Southern Indiana counties and all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Ramsey Volunteer Fire Department’s donations were up over last year’s amount of $16,743.60. The increase, to $19,219.79, was, in part, due to a new event, the Dr. Ken Oppel 5K Run/Walk, named in honor of Oppel who died Dec. 31 after a brief battle with cancer. Oppel and his widow, Chrissie, have two children, Madison and Christopher, who were preemies aided by equipment purchased with Crusade money.
Don Hanen said Ramsey VFD’s donation also included $137.45 raised by 6-year-old Hallie Shelton, who had a bake sale ‘to help sick kids.’
Marengo-Liberty Township reported collecting $8,315.82 down a little from last year’s $9,315.65. Fire Chief Phil Jones was also missing something from 2010. He promised to shave his head if the department sold at least $500 worth of tickets to a pancake breakfast for the Crusade. The event brought in just over $1,000.
New Middletown VFD was aided by a pancake breakfast this year, sponsored by the town’s Lions Club. Mike Riley announced their total at $5,758.61. He said they plan to have the pancake breakfast again next year, which will take place June 2.
Riley added that there was a little water fun between New Middletown, Harrison Township, Lanesville and Elizabeth fire departments.
Boone Township firefighters may have upped the ante when they went on camera with a ceramic fire hydrant. They said they ‘acquired’ it from the Elizabeth fire station after learning that firefighters from that department were ‘storing’ their ceramic Dalmatian. This year, Boone collected $3,442.63.
Other Harrison County fire departments turning their money in at Corydon and their amounts were: Elizabeth, $20,287.48; Harrison Township, $13,193.88; Heth Township, $7,140.70; Lanesville, $13,625.73; and Palmyra, $10,127.73. (Milltown-Whiskey Run Township VFD, as always, took its donation, which, this year was $9,646.01, to Louisville.)
Several other fire departments, from Indiana as well as Kentucky, brought their donations to Corydon. They were Battletown ($2,751.11), Georgetown ($13,002.26), Flaherty ($16,100), Lafayette Township ($65,674,18), Meade County ($15,775.38), Payneville ($20,345.59) and Salem ($20,314.65). Stephen Becht of Floyds Knobs, collecting for his 47th year, turned in $2,361.13.
A grand total of $257,436.67 was collected at the Corydon site, with several individuals dropping off checks at the last minute.
When the 58th annual Crusade ended its televised portion of the event Sunday night, it looked like the total was going to be down from last year’s amount of $5,301,182. However, Republic Bank Foundation made a $180,000 donation Monday morning, putting the grand total at $5,301,811.