Despite the shocking mystery of Jerry Lewis’ absence at the MDA telethon, the show went on to bring in millions of dollars.
Even though the telethon was cut from 20 hours down to six hours, the organization brought in $2.6 million more than last year. A total of $61.5 million nationally.
Over the past 46 years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has raised over $2 billion for research. It’s obvious the majority of donations come from corporate sponsors.
During the broadcast Nigel Lythgoe referred to Lewis as “retired” while others made mention of Jerry’s immeasurable contributions throughout the show.
Even without Jerry’s involvement the needs are the same. ‘Jerry’s Kids’ still need to see that tote board light up, and it did.