03:17 AM EDT 07/07/2014
Originally posted 09/02/2012 04:30PM
The Muscular Dystrophy Association's Show of Strength telethon will get an energetic kick-off.
Sunday's three-hour program – featuring performances by Carrie Underwood, Pitbull, Gavin DeGraw, Carole King and a slew of other talent – will begin with will.i.am performing his dance tune, "This Is Love," alongside vocalist Eva Simons and MDA Los Angeles Goodwill Ambassador, Lucas Cook.
"MDA has been helping children and adults for more than 50 years, and I am pleased to collaborate with them to help save lives," the hip-hop artist, 37, tells PEOPLE.
"I am on a mission to transform the lives of young people who need extra support and really am honored to perform on the show – and it was important for me to include Lucas and other MDA kids in our performance."
Originally posted 08/20/2011 03:00PM
After a newspaper report this weekend that Jerry Lewis would resume his role as host of this year's Labor Day weekend Muscular Dystrophy Association, the veteran entertainer's rep said this would not be happening.
"Him being reinstated as the host of the MDA telethon is not accurate," Lewis's spokesperson Candi Cazau told Reuters.
The erroneous story had appeared in Lewis's hometown paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which cited an unnamed source close to the comedian as saying, "Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association have made peace."
Originally posted 08/04/2011 11:10AM
After more than half a century, Jerry Lewis has ended his run as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The actor-comedian-filmmaker, 85, had served in the role since the early 1950s.
"Jerry Lewis is a world-class humanitarian, and we're forever grateful to him for his more than half century of generous service to MDA," said R. Rodney Howell, M.D., chairman of the board for the MDA.
Originally posted 07/29/2008 06:35PM
Police cited veteran funnyman Jerry Lewis for allegedly concealing an unloaded weapon in his carryon luggage as the 82-year-old was preparing to fly from Las Vegas to Detroit, Las Vegas policeman Bill Cassell tells the Associated Press.
Lewis's manager, Claudia Marghilano, called the handgun a hollowed-out prop gun for Lewis's show. It could not fire, she added, also claiming her client did not know the item was in his bag.
Cassell, however, said a prop gun "wouldn't be a weapon, and we couldn't cite him for carrying a weapon."
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 06/14/2006 08:15AM
Legendary comedian Jerry Lewis suffered a heart attack in Las Vegas on Sunday that a casino spokesperson described as "mild."
Originally posted 09/09/2002 01:00AM
Veteran comic Jerry Lewis was resting comfortably Monday after collapsing backstage at a charity show at London's Palladium theater, and he's due to fly home Tuesday, a spokeswoman tells Reuters.
Originally posted 09/03/2002 01:00PM
It was a Jerry Lewis kind of weekend, as the veteran entertainer raised a record $58.3 million in pledges during his 37th annual Labor Day telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a spokesperson tells the Associated Press. That topped last year's record of $56.8 million.
Originally posted 11/04/1997 12:00AM
That Labor Day weekend staple on TV, the "Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon," is taking to the Web for the first time in its 35-year history. The site will feature broadcast highlights from past telethons, the ability to make donations and the opportunity to ask questions, Lewis said in a statement.
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