LaughFest Gala raises funds for cancer, grief

LaughFest brings people together with laughter.
LaughFest brings people together with laughter. Grand Rapids Magazine file photo.

The annual Red Door Gala takes place tonight, March 16, at Frederik Meijer Gardens, concluding a week of standup comedy and celebrating the thousands of lives impacted by Gilda’s Club.

Charlie Berens, comedian, host and Emmy award-winning journalist will return to West Michigan to perform at the event. Berens is the creator of the viral comedic news series Manitowoc Minute and is a frequent collaborator on Funny or Die. He also hosts “Dark Side Of” of Discover+. 

Proceeds from the festival benefit Gilda’s Club, which helps ensure no one has to face cancer or grief alone. The Red Door Gala promises to provide entertainment that is sure to make anyone laugh.

“We are excited to continue the tradition of creating a spot of LaughFest sunshine during the grey month of March,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest. 

Donations raised at the gala support the free emotional health services offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids for anyone on a cancer or grief journey. Ticket and sponsorship information on the Red Door Gala can be found at

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