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Jerry Lewis Raises Record $64M

Eclipses last year's total by $3 million to help fight Muscular Dystrophy
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 7:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Comedian Jerry Lewis certainly didn't take the day off: his 42nd Labor Day telethon yesterday pulled in a record $64 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. "We did it. We did it. We can go shopping," enthused the 81-year-old showman after pulling in $3 million more than last year's high. The event has raised $1.46 billion since its 1966 inception.

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Firefighter fundraiser campaigns supplied a big chunk of the total. Their $25.2 million donation outdid last year's efforts by nearly $2 million. Lewis was as enthusiastic as ever, despite spending part of the 21.5-hour show behind a desk. "We'll be here every year as long as I'm breathing in and out," he assured the Las Vegas audience. (Read more muscular dystrophy stories.)

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