Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids receives more than $10k after LaughFest

Erik Wolenberg (center), marketing and public relations manager at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, accepted the check from Kristen Nauss (left), public relations coordinator at Michigan Blood and Jessica Iloff (right), community outreach manager at Blue Care Network, outside of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.
On Thursday, April, 24, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids received more than $10,000 in donations from Blue Care Network (BCN), Michigan Blood, and Grand Valley State University’s (GVSU) Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
BCN and Michigan Blood partnered with GCGR and LaughFest for the second year in a row to host blood drives during LaughFest. For every person that donated blood, BCN donated funds towards LaughFest’s High Five Campaign, which benefits GCGR’s children’s cancer, grief, and in-school emotional health programs. BCN donated $5,060, which was matched dollar for dollar through the High Five Campaign.
The second donation came from GVSU’s Delta Tau Delta fraternity, which raised more than $6,500 for GCGR through a head-shaving event held after one of the fraternity member’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
About LaughFest
LaughFest is more than a comedy festival; it truly is a festival of LAUGHTER. Sure, there are plenty of stand-up comedians on the lineup. But our festival provides a diverse lineup of seriously funny events that brings together a diverse audience of children and adults every March to honor laughter as an essential part of emotional health and well-being. For more information or to donate click here.


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