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Catalyst Radio: Gilda's Club's 2nd annual LaughFest kicks off March 8

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LaughFest 2012 is "seriously funny" entertainment to help fund support services at Gilda's Club Grand Rapids
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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speach issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.

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Setting a world record for the most people wearing chicken beaks, or other animal noses, is part of the planned LaughFest fun

Setting a world record for the most people wearing chicken beaks, or other animal noses, is part of the planned LaughFest fun /LaughFest/Gilda's Club Grand Rapids

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INTERVIEW

LaughFest was a bold fundraising move for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids last year to create an alternative funding stream for the nonprofit that provides free support services for people dealing with cancer. And with the largely successful inaugural event of 2010, the second annual LaughFest is gearing up for 11 days of "seriously funny" entertainment. Beginning this coming Thursday, March 8, this year's LaughFest features 200+ events at more than 40 venues.
In this edition of Catalyst Radio we visit with Wendy Wigger, vice president of community relations and program development of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, about the idea, purpose and success of the event – and what LaughFest means for the local organization.

 

MUSIC

Music featured this week on Catalyst Radio is from Francesca Amari, performing in her cabaret-style the song, “The Best Is Yet To Come.”

Amari returned to her former hometown for last year’s LaughFest, telling the story of Gilda Radner in humor, story and song. She’ll be back this year for two performances.

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