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Jerry Lewis hosting the MDA telethon in 1975

Jerry Lewis and the Labor Day Telethon for the MDA

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Jerry Lewis has been organizing and hosting a Labor Day telethon to help raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) since 1966.  Over the years, Jerry has helped raise over 2 billion dollars.  In fact, Jerry Lewis is one of the few fundraisers who actually brings in more money than pledged.

Over the years, Jerry Lewis has received numerous awards for his work with the MDA over the years. These include nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in 1977, a U.S. Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1985, and the Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2005 for his long-running telethon work.

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