LaughFest Blood Drives Benefit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Youth Programs

It’s all about the funny at LaughFest, but upcoming blood drives to benefit Gilda’s Club are no laughing matter.

For the third year in a row, Blue Care Network (BCN) is proud to partner with Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids (GCGR), LaughFest, and Michigan Blood to host blood drives during the annual humor fest taking over Grand Rapids March 5-15.

“Many people on a cancer journey, including Gilda’s Club members, rely on blood product transfusions,” said Erik Wolenberg, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest. “Whether someone is inspired to donate blood in honor of a loved one or just to give back, it can make a real difference in the health of those in need.”

For every person donating blood, BCN will donate $10 toward LaughFest’s High Five campaign, which aims to raise $50,000 in community support to benefit GCGR’s children’s cancer, grief, and in-school emotional health programs. Each $10 donation made by BCN will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Amway, the matching partner of the High Five campaign. People can also donate at

“We’re happy once again to sponsor LaughFest and Gilda’s Club through these blood drives,” said Jessica Iloff, manager, BCN Community Outreach. “There is a substantial need for blood donations in the community and these events will allow us to raise awareness, donate to an important cause and provide blood to those who need it most.”

Donors will also receive a limited edition t-shirt and be entered to win LaughFest tickets and merchandise. Visit one of the following locations for your chance to save a life, support Gilda’s Club and share some laughter.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24: Keystone Church, 655 Spaulding Ave. SE., Ada, 4-8 p.m.
  • Monday, March 2: Michigan Blood, 1036 Fuller Ave. NE., Grand Rapids, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 3: Blue Care Network, 611 Cascade West Parkway, Grand Rapids, 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4: King Memorial Youth Center, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell, noon – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, March 9: King Memorial Youth Center, 225 S. Hudson St., Lowell, noon – 7 p.m.

To donate blood, you must be 17 years of age (16 with parent or guardian consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and pass a health screening. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred for donor convenience.

Schedule an appointment to donate at a special LaughFest blood drive near you by calling 1-866-642-5663 or visiting

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