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The WHAS Crusade for Children

August 15, 2014

As President of Industrial Safety and Training Services, Gary Yurt has witnessed distress and many people in need. This is why he takes a particular interest in supporting the WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc., in Kentucky. Founded in 1954 by WHAS-TV, the project raises funds to assist children with disabilities through donations to schools, agencies, and hospitals. With the help of Gary Yurt and other supporters, the crusade has raised more than $148 million, including more than $5.1 million in 2011.

On the first full weekend each June, the WHAS Crusade airs a telethon on the radio, television, and Internet. Various agencies, medical facilities, and schools apply for grants, and an advisory panel decides which groups will receive funds. The organizations serve the targeted children in every county of Kentucky and dozens of counties in southern Indiana. The WHAS Crusade for Children disperses 100 percent of the donations it receives.


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