Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker will be a part of the 2011 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Sunday September 4th and Monday September 5th. The Grand Ole Opry performances June 7th weres were taped livewith the MDA Logo featured on the large screen at the Grand Ole Opry.
At the end of the Lady Antebellum performance Hillary Scott invited the Opry crowd to “Make A Muscle For MDA” Darius Rucker invited Abbey Umali, MDA's National Goodwill Ambassador, on to the stage where she helped him sing ‘Come Back Song’ saying that it was her favorite. After the performance she received a 2 minute standing ovation and encouraged the Opry crowd to “Make A Muscle” for MDA.
The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon first began in New York City in 1954. 2011 marks the 46th Annual Labor Day Telethon - with a bevy of stars and featured performances - lasting more than 21 hours beginning at 9PM ET on Sunday, September 4 and lasting through Monday evening on Labor Day, September 5, 2011.
Last year the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raised $58,919,838 in contributions and pledges to advance the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s lifesaving mission. This year also marks the last time 85-year-old comedian Jerry Lewis hosts the telethon as he retires after 46 years of hosting the show.