Lythgoe: Lewis welcome on MDA telethon anytime

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Muscular Dystrophy Association officials say this year's telethon garnered nearly $61.5 million in contributions.

MDA Vice President Jim Brown says Sunday night's program gained almost $2.6 million more than last year's total.

The live broadcast was held without comedian Jerry Lewis, who has ended his 45-year run.

Brown says the charitable contributions for 2011 of $61,491,393 were the MDA's best showing since 2008 when the recession started.

He says the telethon took in $58,919,838 last year.