Crusade’s grants to HMH Foundation reach $1 million

Kentuckiana support of the WHAS Crusade for Children in this time of a global pandemic allowed the charity to dispense 238 grants worth $4.8 million.

The Crusade announced this year’s recipients Saturday, which included a grant to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation, which has received $1 million from the organization since 2002 and more than $786,000 in the last five years.

“The donors should be proud of the lasting impact their contributions have made on regional families,” said Dawn Lee, president and CEO of the Crusade. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the HMH Foundation for years to come.”

This year the HMH Foundation received a $90,000 grant which will be used to pur­chase pediatric equipment for Har­din Mem­or­ial Health’s emer­gency department and for new equipment in its Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The NICU, which opened Sept. 1, 2015, has been a frequent recipient of support from the Crusade, which is dedicated “to make life better for children with special needs by inspiring generosity for our community partners.”

The HMH Emer­gency De­part­ment team cares for more than 1,100 babies and children from across the region each month. Because of its high pediatric volume, the department needs special equipment and resources to provide the best and most comfortable care, an HMH news release said.

“Our longstanding relationship with the WHAS Crusade for Children di­rectly improves the lives and wellbeing of countless children,” HMHF Chair­man Joe Prather said. “I feel sure nearly every child presenting to HMH for care, benefits from equipment or re­sources funded by the Crusade.”

Local firefighters and countless fundraisers raise money every year and the Crusade returns it to community efforts to help local children. Earlier this month, the Crusade conducted its 67th annual telethon, which raised $4.8 million. Through its endowment, the Crusade is able to return 100 percent of contributions to efforts to help special needs children across the region.

The Crusade designat­ed $10,000 for the Rach­el’s Fun for Everyone pro­ject, which raised money to build a fully accessible playground at Vine Grove’s Optimist Park and now is heading a campaign to establish a similar splash pad.

The organization named for Rachel Ritchie, who initially proposed the playground idea, ex­­pressed excitement and thank­ful­ness to the Cru­sade on social media after learn­ing of Sat­ur­day’s grant announcement.

“We look forward to what we can accomplish with this funding in addition to the continued support of our community,” the Facebook note said. “Together, we can change kids’ lives.”

Other local grants among the 238 announ­ced include CASA of the Heartland, $11,000; Eliza­beth­town In­de­­pen­dent Schools, $10,000; Hardin County Schools special education department, $40,000; HCS designated for West Point, $18,000; LaRue County Schools, $7,000; and Mission Hope for Kids, $4,000.

Other grants for or­gan­izations with a local pre­sence or impact include Special Olympics Ken­tucky, $15,000; Sun­rise Children’s Ser­vices, $16,000; Boy Scouts of Am­erica, Lin­coln Her­i­tage Coun­cil, $16,500; Big Bro­thers Big Sisters of Ken­tuck­iana, $5,000; and seven grants for various projects associated with Nor­ton Children’s Hos­pital including nutrition, infectious diseases and pediatric endocrimology.

To view a full list of the grants, go to whascrusade.org.

To donate, use the secure site online at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/wcfc or call 502-582-7706.

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