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In 2012, the Wildcats organized a telethon that generated $1 million for victims of Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.
Jerry Lewis was a comedy legend who achieved fame in a partnership with Dean Martin and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons.
Lewis hosted the group's Labor Day telethon for decades.
He was criticized, according to news reports – and my own memory – for having disabled children come on stage during annual telethons.
In Las Vegas, a message honoring the comedian is being featured on a marquee at Caesars Palace, where Lewis was once a headliner and had also hosted telethons.
During the 1976 telethon, Frank Sinatra staged an on-air reunion between Mr. Lewis and Mr. Martin, to the visible discomfort of both men.
The feud that developed did not publicly end until the MDA telethon of 1976, when Frank Sinatra surprised the host by bringing Martin onstage.
As direct-mail and telethon contributors age, century-old nonprofits see an opportunity to draw new digital funding streams from crowdfunding sites.
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Origin and Etymology of telethon
First Known Use: 1949See Words from the same year
TELETHON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of telethon for English Language Learners
: a long television program that tries to raise money for a charity by asking people to call during the program and make a donation
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