Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, March 12, 2011
It isn’t often that an editorial cartoonist gets to be a cheerleader for the community. Boosterism isn’t (and, frankly, shouldn’t be) a big part of the job. But then when something exceptional happens, like when private and public communities work together to stage a world-class event and for a more-than-worthy cause, there is no reason why an editorial cartoonist shouldn’t step up and give it some praise.
Presently Grand Rapids just so happens to be staging one of these exceptional events. It’s called Gilda’s LaughFest. From March 10th through the 20th, there will be a wide variety of comedy events held throughout the city (from movies to standup to rubber chicken tossing) with a variety of entertainers (from Betty White to Ralph Harris to Mike Birbiglia) and all for a single cause: to benefit cancer grief and support programs offered through Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.
Please check it out!