Telethon co-hosts included Alison Sweeney, Nancy O'Dell and Jann Carl – as well as special guest co-hosts Nigel Lythgoe, Richard Belzer, Ace Young, Brandon Barash, John Pinette and Billy Gilman.
Comedic performers included Carrot Top, John Pinette, Norm Crosby, and Bob Zany.
The third annual Telethon Online Auction, held in conjunction with the broadcast and hosted by Brandon Barash, continues through Sept. 15 at MDA auctions.. It features hundreds of unique items.
"MDA is fortunate indeed," said Weinberg, "to have the support of so many celebrity friends, corporate/organization sponsors, television and cable stations, and most important, a caring public."
The family of MDA sponsors includes: A&P, Acosta, Bally Total Fitness, Burger King, CITGO, ClubCorp, 7-Eleven, DECA, Dr. Pepper/7-Up, ERA, Harley-Davidson, International Association of Fire Fighters, Kappa Alpha Order, Lowe's, National Association of Letter Carriers, Popeye's, Safeway, SuperValu, and Tall Cedars of Lebanon of North America.
MDA's Augie's Quest research initiative also raised more than $4.1 million to speed worldwide ALS research.
Last year, the Telethon total was $60,481,231.
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
|SOURCE Muscular Dystrophy Association|
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