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LaughFest Community Blood Drive

  • Dates:  February 24, 2020
  • Times:  7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Host:  Versiti Blood Center of Michigan
    Location:  Versiti Blood Center of Michigan
    1036 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone:  (317) 916-5162
  • Category:  Fundraisers/Volunteering
  • Price Per Person:  Free
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Every two seconds, someone needs blood.

Cancer patients depend on blood through transfusions to fight their disease. Hospital patients rely on blood as they undergo surgeries. Trauma victims must receive life-saving blood to save their lives.

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is again partnering with Gilda’s House Grand Rapids to encourage blood donations at the LaughFest Community Blood Drive on Feb. 24 at two locations:

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Versiti Blood Center of Michigan
Grand Rapids Donor Center
1036 Fuller Ave. NE

2-7 p.m.
King Memorial Youth Center
Lowell Area Donor Site
225 S. Hudson St.

All donors will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win tickets to a LaughFest show, while supplies last. One winner will be drawn randomly every hour of the blood drive.

Versiti will donate $5 to Gilda’s Club High Five Campaign in honor of each blood donor. High Five supports programs that Gilda’s Club provides to cancer patients and their loved ones at no charge.

Donating blood takes about an hour. Anyone age 17 or older in good health who meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to give. Parental consent is required for donors age 16 to give. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes their birth date.

Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-866-642-5663 or visit Versiti online at

The 10th annual LaughFest runs March 5-15 and is one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. The festival is based in Grand Rapids and includes events throughout West Michigan. Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids in 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, LaughFest features stand-up, improv, showcases and more.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan opens LaughFest on March 5 at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy will headline the Signature Event, a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, on March 14 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. For the full lineup of LaughFest performers this year, visit

Versiti Blood Center of Michigan, formerly Michigan Blood, has collected blood throughout the state since 1955. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, the non-profit organization provides blood products and services to nearly 70 Michigan hospitals. Versiti Blood Center of Michigan collects more than 114,000 units of blood each year at eight donation centers and through the operation of more than 3,400 community blood drives throughout the state. For more, visit

LaughFest Community Blood Drive
  • Times:  7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • February 24, 2020 to February 24, 2020
  • Versiti Blood Center of Michigan
  • Free