Jerry Lewis Remembered for Muscular Dystrophy Telethons

Jerry Lewis Remembered for Muscular Dystrophy Telethons

- in US
129

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Lewis, whose career as producer-director-writer and movie star peaked in the 1960s, may be best remembered by younger generations for the muscular dystrophy telethons he conducted every Labor Day weekend.

While he had done earlier fundraising specials, Lewis appeared in his first Labor Day telethon, broadcast on a single New York station, in 1966. Donations totaled $1,002,114.

He continued each year as the telethon grew into a huge event, seen on more than 200 stations.

By 2007, the yearly take was nearly $64 million, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association said the telecast had raised $1.46 billion to fight the disease since it began.




Lewis accepts the Golden Gamera, a German media prize, in 2005 in Berlin. The award honors Lewis for his lifetime achievements.