2006 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon on Channel 8 KLKN-TV

The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) was inaugurated in 1966. The initial show, broadcast by only one station in New York City, was the first televised fund-raising event of its kind to raise more than $1 million in pledges. The Telethon grew steadily, and by 1970 it was carried by 65 stations nationwide.

Today, the broadcast, shown on some 200 MDA “Love Network” stations including Channel 8 KLKN-TV, has become a Labor Day tradition. In 1998, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon became the first worldwide telethon, with an Internet simulcast of the national broadcast. For 36 years, Jerry's confidence in the generosity and compassion of the American people has been justified.

His Labor Day Telethons since 1966 have continued to set records for dollars pledged, as the battle against neuromuscular diseases has yielded increased life expectancy, improved quality of life, and dozens of research milestones bringing closer the goal of cures.

This year's Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon can be seen starting at 10:30pm, Sunday night through Monday at 6:00 on Channel 8 KLKN-TV.  Visit the fishbowl at WalMart on Hiway 2.  There are activities planned during the telecast. 

Click here for the official website of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon

Click here for the Muscular Dystrophy Association website.