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Dolly Parton, Wynonna, Neal McCoy, Bo Bice, Lee Greenwood, and The Grascals to Perform on the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon


08/28/2009
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(PR) Fire up the barbies, and the flat screen TVs and join comedy legend Jerry Lewis for his 44th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 6-7.

"I'm determined to keep fighting for a cure for muscular dystrophy because my kids deserve to live long and healthy lives," said Lewis, MDA's national chairman and Telethon star.

The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon will present great entertainment again this year, including Dolly Parton, , Wynonna, Reba McEntire, Tony Orlando, Charo, Train, Bo Bice, Terry Fator, The Grascals, Neal McCoy, comedian George Wallace. Lee Greenwood, Joshua Bell accompanied by Frankie Moreno, Three Dog Night and many more.

The annual extravaganza raises millions of dollars for MDA's research, services and education programs. In 2008, the show brought in a record-breaking $65 million in pledges and donations.

"The Telethon gives us the chance to help put an end to these debilitating diseases, while entertaining and educating the American public," Lewis said.

A Labor Day icon that set the standard for telethons, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon typically draws as many viewers as the Emmy's, Oscars or Golden Globe Awards.
Almost 40 million TV viewers across America will tune in, while countless more around the world will watch on the Internet, thanks to streaming video provided by RealNetworks.

About the show
Broadcast live from the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, the marathon show begins at 9 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 6. It will be carried by 180 "Love Network" stations in the United States and Canada, and on MDA's Web site,www.mda.org.
Check MDA's site for local stations and start times.

Each hour, MDA's "Love Network" stations across the country will cut away from the national broadcast to present information and stories about local families served by the Association.

For the first time, social media followers of MDA's Twitter, Facebook and YouTube sites will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the show during the broadcast.

About MDA
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.



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