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November 18, 2010
Eternal Telethon: Infinity + 24 Where: Machine Project, 1200 D N. Alvarado St., L.A. When: Saturday, Nov. 20, 12 p.m. to Sunday, Nov. 21, 12 p.m. Price: donation Information: (213) 483-8761;
November 18, 2010 | By Louis Lucero II, Los Angeles Times
The words "eternal telethon" evoke a kind of fever dream, a never-ending parade of well-meaning celebrities and philanthropic lions such as Jerry Lewis endlessly pitching and pitching. John Burtle is aware of the associations. But the 24-year-old L.A. artist also believes that the art world hasn't yet realized the full potential of the much-maligned telethon format. Like, for instance, building a retirement home for artists near the Salton Sea. For 24 hours beginning Saturday at noon, Burtle is cohosting and coordinating the latest installment of a categorically open-ended charity drive called the Eternal Telethon, broadcast over the Internet in a live stream on the project's website, http://www.
January 26, 2010
Many eyes on Haiti show More than 83 million people tuned in Friday night for at least a portion of the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which aired commercial-free on dozens of networks. The fundraising effort, spearheaded by actor George Clooney and MTV Networks, had an average audience of more than 24 million viewers and pulled in at least $61 million in pledges from the general public to help survivors of the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake that rocked Haiti. Organizers on Monday were still tabulating additional donations made by corporations and large private donors, as well as proceeds from an album of the telethon's live performances sold on iTunes.
January 23, 2010 | By Ann Powers, Pop Music Critic
Programs like Friday's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" do not exist to further musical careers, introduce new material or birth fruitful collaborations. Tragedies like last week's seismic disaster necessitate such urgent media efforts, and fundraising is their primary objective. Important information may also be transmitted; perhaps someone's consciousness will be raised. The pleasure, surprise or release that art can offer is merely added value. That said, several of the major names who came on board for Haiti went beyond the expected heartstring tugs.
January 22, 2010 | By Denise Martin and Matea Gold
Less than 24 hours after an earthquake devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, George Clooney was on the phone with MTV Networks president Judy McGrath trying to orchestrate a star-studded telethon to raise funds for its victims. Clooney, who helped organize televised benefits for Sept. 11 and 2004's South Asian tsunami, told MTV on the Golden Globes' red carpet, "There are times in our life when people are really without any form of help and in real danger. This is one of those times." Since that first phone call, more than 100 actors and musicians have signed on to headline "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief," which airs tonight commercial-free on more than 60 networks and online.
September 8, 2009
Despite the lingering effects of the recession, the 44th annual Jerry Lewis telethon raised nearly $60.5 million in contributions and pledges to fight muscular dystrophy, the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. announced Monday. Last year's telethon raised a record $65 million. The 21 1/2 -hour event, originating at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, reached an estimated 40 million television viewers, the MDA said. Entertainers who appeared this year included Dolly Parton, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire, Train, Five for Fighting and Charo.
September 13, 2008 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
The dancing rabbis are whirling around the stage of the Chabad "To Life" Telethon, unmistakably Hasidic in their thick beards and black coats. But who's the tall dancer with the clean shave and long blond hair? As longtime viewers of the telethon know, he's Jon Voight. Jon Voight of "Midnight Cowboy." Angelina Jolie's father. Lifelong Catholic. And yet here he is year after year, dancing with the rabbis in a Hollywood television studio, a black yarmulke on his head.
September 3, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. in his annual Labor Day telethon, a benefit that also made a pitch for those inconvenienced by Hurricane Gustav. This year's 22-hour telethon added a special plea for MDA-registered families forced to leave their homes because of the hurricane, which made landfall Monday in Louisiana. The storm affected nearly 5,000 MDA families needing services in their new location, the organization said. The 2008 haul for the 43rd annual fundraising blitz was $1.2 million more than last year's total.
July 30, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Meryl Streep, Forest Whitaker, cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and other celebrities will take part in a three-network telethon to support cancer research, it was announced Tuesday. The hourlong "Stand Up to Cancer" will air live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS and NBC on Sept. 5 and feature musical performances and appeals from actors, athletes and journalists. Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, America Ferrera, Danica Patrick, Salma Hayek, Kirsten Dunst, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Masi Oka and news anchors Charles Gibson, Brian Williams and Katie Couric will be among those taking part.
April 10, 2008 | Richard Rushfield, Times Staff Writer
It is said that every generation gets the telethons it deserves. The 1970s sat up through tuxedoed marathons of schmaltz and sobs, live from the Vegas Strip with Jerry Lewis and his kids. The 1980s saw the telethon break free of its loungey restraints and develop into a Godzilla-size, stadium-busting monster with Live Aid. In recent years, telethons inspired by 9/11, the Indonesian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina were painted in somber tones, set in dark rooms where, safe from the hysteria of live audiences, the celebrity hosts spoke in a whisper.
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