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Local fire departments help Crusade raise $5.2M


June 06, 2012
Fire departments across Southern Indiana and Kentucky helped this past weekend's WHAS Crusade for Children raise almost $5.2 million for area special-needs children.

While fire departments have been working during the past month to raise funds for the annual event, they were out in full force over the weekend, setting up road blocks to collect donations.

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This was the scene all throughout Southern Indiana and northern Kentucky this past weekend, as firefighters collected donations for the WHAS Crusade for Children. Above, a passing motorist helps the Marengo- Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department raise its total Saturday afternoon. Photo by Chris Adams
By the time the 59th annual Crusade for Children came to a close at 7 p.m. on Sunday, $5,189,348.69 had been raised.

The WHAS Crusade for Children was created in 1954 in an effort to raise money for agencies, schools and hospitals that work to better the lives of special-needs children across Kentuckiana. Since then, more than $148 million in donations have been collected.

Here are the amounts collected by fire departments in the Clarion News' coverage area:

•Lafayette Township — $73,032, good enough to rank No. 1 on the Top Five Indiana Fire Departments list.

This year marks a milestone for the department, as well. Lafayette Township VFD has been collecting donations for the Crusade for Children since 1959 and this year hit the $1 million mark in donations. The department was awarded a plaque for their efforts.

•Greenville — $30,661.01, an 18.8-percent increase from last year and netted the department the No. 5 spot on the Top Five Indiana Fire Departments list.

•Georgetown Township — $25,120, almost double last year's donation amount.

•Marengo-Liberty — $10,100. Shawn Scott, assistant chief, said this exceeded the department's goal. Robbie Sloan was the winner of a mill replica carved by Chief Phil Jones.

•Ramsey — $20,447.36. This exceeded last year's donation amount.

•Milltown-Whiskey Run — $11,397.22, a department record.

•Palmyra — $10,061.

•Sara Wilson and group from Leavenworth — $836.29.

WHAS Crusade for Children statistics report fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the total monies raised each year through road blocks and local events. All 120 counties in Kentucky and more than 50 counties in Southern Indiana receive assistance from the Crusade for Children. One hundred percent of donations go to the organizations that help children with special needs.

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