The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor Jerry Lewis with its Governors Award at the 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
The organization selected Lewis for his contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Assn.
“Television has few traditions as impactful on the lives of viewers as the annual Jerry Lewis telethon,” said Dick Askin, chairman of the Television Academy.
Lewis’ telethon has run annually since 1966, and last year the public donated $59.4 million for the organization.
The Governors Award annually recognizes individuals, companies, or organizations whose notable works contribute to current issues.