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Jerry Lewis Telethon Raises $65 Million During Crazy Vegas Weekend

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The economy may be continuing to slide south, but such dire forecasts did not rain on the 2008 Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Distrophy. Hunkering down in Vegas, the event managed to raise $65 million over the Labor Day weekend — a little over $1.2 million from last year’s numbers, a new record!

“Each year I tell myself, ‘This has got to be it. There’s no way we can do better.’ Then, the following year, I’m astounded to see that generosity driven by love and compassion has a greater capacity than I thought possible,” Lewis said. “I am awed and humbled by this response.”

The 82-year-old showman co-hosted the telethon from the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas; which also included performances by Celine Dion, Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, and 3 Doors Down. All money raise will benefit the Muscular Distrophy Association — a nonprofit working to defeat muscular dystrophy and 40 related diseases through research, support services and public health education.

For more information — or to donate to the auction that’s still happening through Thursday — check out the official site here.

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