For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Tyler Lecceadone





GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 12, 2017 – Gilda’s LaughFest today announced this year’s Signature Event will feature Howie Mandel. The 2017 Signature Event, a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, will take place Tuesday, March 14, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


Mandel has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He is the executive producer of NBC’s Take It All and Howie Do It; TBS’s Deal With It; and FOX’s Mobbed. He currently serves as a judge on NBC’s summer talent competition series, America’s Got Talent. Previously, Mandel received an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Host for A Reality or Reality-Competition Program” for Deal or No Deal. He also has done countless comedy specials on talk-shows, hosted The Howie Mandel Show and continues to perform over 200 comedy shows a year.


In addition to his accomplishments in the television industry, Mandel is a New York Times Bestselling author for his comical memoir, Here’s The Deal: Don’t Touch Me. Mandel revealed his on-going struggle with OCD and ADHD and how it shaped both his life and career.


“Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum and we are excited to have such an industry leader headline The 2017 Signature Event,” said Joanne Roehm, director of Gilda’s Club strategic initiatives and LaughFest.


Signature Event tickets are currently available for purchase. Table sponsorships are available for $3,000 for tables of 10. Individual tickets, which include dinner and a tax-deductible gift to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids are available for $250. Show-only tickets are available for $100.


Previously announced headline acts for LaughFest 2017 include: Pete Holmes & Friends, Joel McHale, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Iliza and Sinbad.  Katt Williams, in partnership with Smash Productions, will headline an encore performance on March 26.


LaughFest 2017 will include free and ticketed events featuring over 100 artists at venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland during the 10-day festival. The Best of the Midwest Competition, the National Stand-up Comedy Showcase, the Clean Comedy Showcase, FUNderwear Run, Seriously Funny Adventure and other festival favorites will be returning for LaughFest 2017.


Individual tickets and table purchases for Mandel are available by contacting Gilda’s LaughFest at, or 616-735-HAHA (4242). Individual festival ticket sales begin January 27th and can be purchased at (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices or by visiting


Gilda’s LaughFest was created by a team at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids in 2011. Since inception, LaughFest has averaged 50,000 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.


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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 44 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