Jerry Lewis | 2010

Actor and comedian <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003020" title="Jerry Lewis" href="/topic/entertainment/jerry-lewis-PECLB003020.topic">Jerry Lewis</a> announces the total raised during the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV0000000690" title="Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/jerry-lewis-mda-telethon-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV0000000690.topic">Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon</a> on Sept. 6, 2010, in Las Vegas. The pledges totaled $58.9 million, down from nearly $60.5 million in 2009 and a record $65 million in 2008. But Lewis said he was heartened by Americans' ability to help others in need even when they were struggling financially.

( Eric McCandless / Muscular Dystrophy Association/AP )

Actor and comedian Jerry Lewis announces the total raised during the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Sept. 6, 2010, in Las Vegas. The pledges totaled $58.9 million, down from nearly $60.5 million in 2009 and a record $65 million in 2008. But Lewis said he was heartened by Americans' ability to help others in need even when they were struggling financially.

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