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 is pledged.
Over the years, Jerry Lewis has received numerous awards for his work with the MDA over the years, including being 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. (more…)
Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017)
Jerry Lewis, world-famous clown of stage, screen, television, and radio, is now best known for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon.
his annual charity telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Jerry Lewis was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, New Jersey to a Jewish American family (more…)