On September 3, 2002 is was announced that the annual MDA Labor Day Telethon had raised a total of $58,300,000 in pledges. Jerry Lewis hosted the annual Labor Day fund raiser since 1966 when it was held in New York City, then moved to Las Vegas. Since then the annual event has raised a total 0f $2.45 billion dollars. In 2011 there was a much publicized announcement that Jerry Lewis would be “retired” from the televised fund raiser. Many television stations across the country dropped coverage of the telethon altogether.