- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The 62nd annual WHAS Crusade for Children has raised nearly $5.7 million for children with special needs.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1FEn7lS ) that fire departments and other donors filled the studios Sunday at WHAS to share their stories and slowly drive up the grand total, which exceeds last year’s by about $37,000.

Crusade President and CEO Dawn Lee says the money will directly affect about 200,000 children. The organization gives 100 percent of the money raised in grants directly to organizations such as schools and hospitals.

Hundreds of volunteers kept the telethon moving over the weekend.

Local fire departments account for about 60 percent of the funds raised.

Since it began in 1954, the crusade has raised $160 million for children with special needs in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

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