Birthday Club Gilda

Support LaughFest and Gilda’s Club by becoming a Birthday Club Member!


In fall of 2010, yellow smiles started mysteriously popping up all over Grand Rapids and shortly thereafter, Gilda’s LaughFest was launched. Created initially to celebrate the tenth year of operations for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, we hoped to achieve visibility for who we are and the work we do. Since the inaugural festival in 2011, LaughFest has provided vital funding to support Gilda’s Club operations helping ensure our services remain free to the more than 10,000 served annually through our Grand Rapids and Lowell Clubhouses and community-based programs. Ten years later, our focus and vision remain the same. Gilda’s LaughFest continues to be an innovative conduit to create dialogue about how we handle the tough stuff in our life, like cancer and grief, and the full range of emotions that our members encounter as they navigate their new normal.

Celebrate LaughFest’s tenth year by donating $100 ($10 for each of the 10 festivals!) and joining our Birthday Club.

Join Birthday Club

As an inaugural Birthday Club member, you receive:

  •  Honor roll recognition at LaughFest Central and on the LaughFest website
  • An exclusive, limited edition LaughFest 10th anniversary pin to wear proudly throughout the festival.
  • Your $100 donation will help us strengthen long-term sustainability for the festival and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. It also helps set the foundation for the next ten years of emotional wellness in West Michigan.


Special Thanks to our Birthday Club Members!


                        Sarah Abel      Natasha Barnes-Word      Amanda Campbell     

                 Frederic Carter      Dan Decker       Kristin DeLooff       John Erickson       

            Marc Foerster       Mike Hemmingsen      Twayne Howard      Robert Johns     

       Justin Karl      Michele Kayner        Jeff & Julie Koelzer Family        Josie Kornev       

    Anita Kowalczyk        Brad Laackman        Kyle & Doug Landman        Don Looman

          Tara Lovejoy        Holly & Andrew Martin        Stu McCallister        Ashley Potts       

            Joanne & Travis Roehm        Pauline Sandoval        Matthew & Kara Taylor       

                        Jessica Ann Tyson        Beth Woltjer        Cameron Young




Want to add your name to our Birthday Club list? Join our Birthday Club today!