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Gilda’s Club Red Door Gala Featuring Tom Papa

March 14 @ 6:00 pm


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park


Dinner & Show Tickets: $250

Sponsorship & Table Opportunities Start at $3,000

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Join us at the 2024 Red Door Gala to support he free emotional health program offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids for anyone on a cancer or grief journey!

This year we are thrilled to host the Red Door Gala at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park during their annual Butterflies Are Blooming Exhibition. Together we will toast the transformative power Gilda’s program and the hope it creates.

6 p.m. Doors Open & Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Program & Dinner
8:30 p.m. Entertainment

Guests will also be able to enjoy Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s Butterflies Are Blooming Exhibition during the event.

Suggested Attire: Business casual with a splash of red. Everything from jeans to cocktail dresses welcome!

We’re thrilled to share that this year’s entertainment will be Tom Papa!

With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success as an actor, host, and author, in film, TV, radio and podcasts as well as on the live stage.

The comedian has had 5 highly rated stand-up specials on Netflix including his most recently Netflix special, What A Day! The special was taped at the iconic Wilbur Theatre in Boston. His other critically acclaimed specials include Human Mule, Freaked Out and Tom Papa Live in New York City, two of which were directed by Rob Zombie.

On June 6, 2023, Tom released his highly anticipated third book, We’re All In This Together…..So Make Some Room. The book compiles comedic essays that aim to unite us through our stupidity. Every mistake has already been made, and this should bring us great comfort as we join together in our fight for survival, or at least in our attempt to get through the day. Whether we like it or not, we’re all in this together.

In 2020, Tom released his second book, You’re Doing Great! – And Other Reasons To Stay Alive, which was the follow-up to Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas both released by St Martin’s Press, making “Summer Must Read” lists from Parade Magazine to The New York Post. Tom is also a contributing writer to the New Yorker Magazine.

Tom’s highly rated podcast, Breaking Bread with Tom Papa, features Tom and his guest eating, drinking, and celebrating the true meaning of breaking bread with insightful, revealing and always funny conversations. He also hosts the popular daily Netflix radio show, What A Joke With Papa And Fortune on Sirius XM Channel 93 and the monthly show, Come To Papa Live on Channel 94.

Tom has starred in many fan-favorite films including Paper Spiders where he stared opposite Lily Taylor, The Informant opposite Matt Damon, Analyze That opposite Robert DeNiro, and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto opposite Paul Giamatti, where Tom played the voice of El Superbeasto. He can also be seen alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh and won 11 Emmys.

On TV, Tom hosted the NBC series, The Marriage Ref, which ran for two seasons and had a recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the CBS series, The New Adventures of Old Christine.

Tom is currently on his Tom Papa: 2023 Comedy Tour! and when he’s not on the road, Tom lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two daughters, a cat and dog where he spends most of his time writing and baking bread. For more info on Tom go-to:

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March 14
6:00 pm
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1000 E. Beltline Ave. N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 United States
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