Last March, Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids got cut short right in the middle of their 10th annual festival due to the pandemic. But this year, they’ve figured out a way to go mostly virtual.
Taking place from March 11th through the 14th, this year’s festival will be shortened and mostly virtual. But despite being virtual, they’re going out of their way to still maintain the same atmosphere that they’ve maintained for over a decade now. Sponsored by Gun Lake Casino, this year’s event will featured premium (paid) content from headlining acts, while also hosting free events such as Family Improv Workshop, Kids Joke Time, Laughter Yoga, and more.
“It’s been a tough year, yet we remain ‘in this together’ and look forward to delivering smiles in a new way to West Michigan and beyond in 2021,” said Festival Director Joanne Roehm in a statement. “Our goal is to retain the spirit and community impact of the festival while providing a unique celebration as part of Gilda’s Club’s 20th year of operations.”
“For over a decade, Gun Lake Casino has aligned its philanthropic efforts with Gilda’s Club and LaughFest. This year, we are thrilled to become the very first presenting sponsor of the annual festival, demonstrating our strong support of LaughFest’s mission – to provide free cancer and grief support to our community through the channel of laughter,” added Carter Pavey, assistant general manager for Gun Lake Casino. “There is no better time to expand our partnership, the services provided by Gilda’s Club are needed now more than ever. Sadly, many of our own team members have experienced pain due to the loss of a loved one, and as a dedicated employer and community partner, we recognize that through our continued collaboration, we have the ability to assist many during their journey through cancer or grief.”
“We remain committed to offering something for everyone within the festival, including family friendly programming and clean comedy, in addition to highlighting the importance of the health benefits of laughter,” continued Roehm.
More information and the headliner lineup, which will be announced next month, can be found here.