"I'm heartened by the unique ability of Americans to help others in need, when they themselves are likely struggling financially," said Lewis, national chairman of the Tucson, Ariz.-based MDA.
Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon raises $58.9 million →
"People used to flock to Nashville for the Ryman," Southern Living's Lewis says about the theater known as the "Mother Church of Country Music." ''Now they're flocking to Nashville to eat Tandy Wilson's food."
Country music scene is really getting cooking →