Feeling Recession, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon Raises Less Than Last Year

Sep 7, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon may have felt the effects of the recession with this weekend’s annual fund-raising event, as the program raised about $1.5 million less than last year, reports the Las Vegas Sun.

The program raised $58.9 million, the story says. It marks just the sixth time in the telethon’s history, which officially extends back to 1959, that the show raised less money than in the previous year, the article says.

"I’m heartened by the unique ability of Americans to help others in need, when they themselves are likely struggling financially," Lewis said. Lewis, who has hosted the program for 45 years, was joined by performers including Barry Manilow and Michael Feinstein for the 2 1/2 hour-long show.


  1. There’s a major typo above; the telethon is 21 1/2 hours in length.

  2. And if you watch any of it, it seems like 211 1/2 hours…

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