Jerry Lewis is celebrating another success, after learning his 40th annual LABOR DAY TELETHON for muscular dystrophy raised $54.9 million (GBP30.5 million) in contributions and pledges.

Approximately $2 million (GBP1.1 million) is expected to go to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, half from viewer donations and half from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Last year's (04) telethon generated $59.4 million (GBP33), but a slight drop in donations was expected before the telethon took place, due to the outpouring of aid to hurricane relief efforts.