On today, The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced the celebrity lineup for the 48th annual telethon this Labor Day weekend, Sunday, September 1 @ 9 p.m. on ABC.
Named “The MDA Show of Strength,” the telethon will feature Ryan Seacrest, Backstreet Boys, country stars Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack, “Glee” stars Matthew Morrison and Jessica Sanchez, Enrique Iglesias, Paula Abdul, teenage pop sensation Austin Mahone, hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez, Kenny Loggins with the Blue Sky Riders, American blues rock band Vintage Trouble and Universal recording artist and star from the “The Voice” Chris Mann.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It funds worldwide research; provides comprehensive health care services and supports MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.
Additional presenters for the show include: ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, “Dancing with the Stars” Season 11 contestant and “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jann Carl, Olympic gold medal gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner, and “No Doubt” drummer Adrian Young and his son, Mason Young.
MDA’s first Labor Day weekend telethon was broadcast in 1966 on a single New York station and has become the most successful fundraising event in the history of television. The show, with Jerry Lewis as its iconic host through 2010, and with help from a legion of top celebrities and entertainers, has raised millions each year to provide life-enhancing support and services for the families MDA serves.