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Gilda’s LaughFest Announces Dates For 2015 Festival

Gilda’s LaughFest will be back in 2015 for its fifth edition of providing laughs to West Michigan and money to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The comedy festival will run from March 5 until March 15, 2015.

Grand Valley State University also released preliminary results of a study they did on the economic impact to West Michigan of the festival. That study says that LaughFest created a $3.2 million economic impact on the region, and that those from outside of Grand Rapids who came to the festival spent just under $50 per person in the area. That additional money includes hotel room spending, dining, and transportation costs, which are additional to buying tickets to LaughFest shows.

50,000 people purchased tickets to various LaughFest events in 2014.

“When LaughFest began in 2011, our goal was to create a festival of laughter for the health of it that would not only raise awareness for the programs of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, but raise awareness for the West Michigan region,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids in a press release. “We are thrilled the numbers presented by the economic impact study show that LaughFest is a primary reason individuals are visiting the region.”

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