Sep 4, 2011 4:29 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

MDA asks USA for $1 more in telethon

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Despite missing its biggest star in Jerry Lewis, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is asking millions of Americans for at least $1 more than the $58.9 million it raised last year during its annual Labor Day weekend telethon.

This year's revamped fundraiser plans to trot out as much A-list punch as it can muster Sunday night as the charity works to raise money for neuromuscular research, clinics and summer camp for youngsters known as "Jerry's Kids."

But the association's inextricable bond to the beloved actor and comedian seemed certain to hang over the six-hour primetime TV production.

The telethon has been shortened from 21½ hours it ran last year.

It will be broadcast live in the Eastern time zone from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. EDT and tape-delayed in other U.S. zones.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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