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Gary Yurt: the WHAS Crusade for Children

September 17, 2014

A devoted philanthropist, Gary Yurt has supported several causes. One of the primary organizations that Gary Yurt contributes to is the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Since its inception in 1954, the WHAS Crusade for Children has raised more than $148 million to improve the lives of children with special needs. This money has had a direct effect on the lives of millions of children. The organization makes grants directly to schools, agencies, and hospitals that provide specialized services for these children. Operated primarily by volunteers, Crusade for Children has funneled 100 percent of all donations directly to other organizations throughout Kentucky and Indiana.

Each year, the Crusade Advisory Panel meets to decide how the organization can most effectively distribute the funding that it has raised. The board consists of interdenominational ministers who review applications for grants submitted on behalf of a wide range of different institutions and organizations. Representatives from these institutions and organizations come to a hearing each spring to discuss their need for funding. The board makes final decisions after hearing from all grant applicants.

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