LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kevin Hart will host the return of a popular telethon, once spearheaded by the late Jerry Lewis to combat muscular dystrophy.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced on Wednesday that Hart will host the MDA Kevin Hart Kids Telethon. The two-hour star-studded virtual fundraising event will air on October 24.
Famous guests include Michael B. Jordan, Eva Longoria, Jack Black, Usain Bolt, Josh Gad and Jillian Mercado, who were diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child.
Hart said the return of the telethon is an “incredible opportunity” to bring back the work of Lewis, who helped make the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon a television tradition for decades. Lewis died of natural causes in 2017.
Lewis was known as the ringmaster of the MDA telethons, who have raised billions of dollars with his support since the 1960s, including more than $ 60 million in 2009.
Lewis stepped down as host in 2011 and the association held its last telethon three years later.
The October show will benefit the work of the association and Hart’s Help From the Hart.
“I am honored to partner with MDA and my organization to educate and entertain the public about the need to support people with disabilities and disadvantages as we all do this together,” Hart said in a statement.
MDA President and CEO Lynn O’Connor Fox praised Lewis for laying a foundation of “help and hope” for the association. She hopes the telethon can continue to raise awareness of therapies for muscular dystrophy and other related neuromuscular disorders.
Kevin Hart and the Help From the Hart Foundation are the perfect match for MDA to bring the magic and power of the telethon into a new era of giving, and to bring the remarkable power stories of MDA families into the hearts and homes of people. bring. across the country, ”she said.