Area donations dip in MDA telethon

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BALTIMORE -- Jerry Lewis' annual Labor Day weekend telethon for muscular dystrophy brought in $950,165 in donations and pledges in the Baltimore area.

The figure fell below last year's total of almost $1.1 million -- a drop that organizers blamed on rainy weather and a tighter ban on roadside solicitation by firefighters in Baltimore County.

County firefighters collected about $40,000 this year, according to Ellen Torres, district director for the Maryland branch of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Last year, the firefighters collected $159,000, she said.

The telethon, aired in Baltimore on WMAR-TV (Channel 2), attracted some $45.7 million in pledges and donations nationwide.

That figure does not include millions of dollars in corporate contributions.

Donations are still being accepted at professionally staffed firehouses in Baltimore and Howard counties, Ms. Torres said.

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