GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 12, 2013 - Individuals interested in volunteering during Gilda's LaughFest can signup beginning Monday, Dec. 2 at laughfestgr.org. LaughFest officials will hold two informational meetings to learn about volunteer opportunities during this year's 10-day festival of laughter. LaughFest will be held in Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Holland March 6 through March 16, 2014.

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GILDA'S LAUGHFEST SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
Informational meetings for individuals interested in volunteering scheduled


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 12, 2013 - Individuals interested in volunteering during Gilda's LaughFest can signup beginning Monday, Dec. 2 at laughfestgr.org. LaughFest officials will hold two informational meetings to learn about volunteer opportunities during this year's 10-day festival of laughter. LaughFest will be held in Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Holland March 6 through March 16, 2014.

Opportunities to help include event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise, retail, office support and volunteer staffing needs during all LaughFest ticketed and non-ticketed events.

What: Volunteer Info Open House
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. or Tuesday, Dec. 17at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, 1806 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, Mich.

A festival orientation kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 30 from 6:30-8:00 at Steelcase Town Hall on 44th Street, Grand Rapids, for individuals who sign up to become LaughFest volunteers.

LaughFest headliners announced to-date include: Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Jim Gaffigan, Sinbad, and Mike Birbiglia. Other acts announced include: Maria Bamford, River City Improv, Miranda Sings with special guest Colleen Ballinger, The Tenderloins, and comedy trio Todd Barry, Rory Scovel and Nick Thune. Showcases and competitions returning to this year's LaughFest include: Best of the Midwest underwritten by Wolverine Worldwide, Gun Lake Casino Presents National Stand-up Comedy Competition, Bissell Presents Clean Comedy Showcase, and the Bud Light Presents Blue and Late Night Comedy Series featuring Judah Friedlander and Jen Kirkman. The Meijer Presents the Family Friendly Series includes: kid's rock band Milkshake, Super Saturday Kids Zone and Saturday Nite Teen Zone. Additionally, LaughFest's Best, which features performances by surprise guests, returns to the Pyramid Scheme this year

 

LaughFest 2013 will include 200 plus free and ticketed shows that feature over 60 artists at 40-plus venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Holland during the 10 days of the festival. Festival ticket packages range from $60 to $175. Individual tickets are priced from $7 to $60, excluding the Signature Event. These will be available beginning Friday, January 10, 2014 at the VanAndel Arena Box Office or at Ticketmaster outlets through closing day of the Festival.

Gilda's LaughFest was created by a team at Gilda's Club Grand Rapids in 2011. Since inception, LaughFest has averaged 55,000 attendees per year. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda's Club Grand Rapids. Visit www.laughfestgr.org or call 616-735-HAHA (4242) to learn more about Gilda's LaughFest.

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Gilda's Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause. The comprehensive program, delivered by licensed healthcare professionals includes education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is one of the largest and busiest of the 52 affiliates in North America. The organization runs entirely on charitable donations and currently serves more than 10,000 individuals each year at its clubhouses in Grand Rapids and Lowell, Mich., in various schools and in five community centers. For more information, visit www.gildasclubgr.org.