Gilda’s LaughFest will return for a second year in Grand Rapids. This morning, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ officials announced the 2012 event will start March 8 and run through March 18.  Gilda’s LaughFest organizers and community leaders discussed the successes of this year's event when announcing to continue with it next year.

LaughFest officials estimate that the 10-day festival, including the 10th anniversary celebration that featured Betty White, raised about $330,000 for Gilda's Club.

Attendance for the inaugural year was an amazing  55,376. There were 228 events held at a total of 49 locations in and around the Grand Rapids area. Ticket sales came from 25 states and Canada.

LaughFest included comedians Bill Cosby, Betty White, Mike Birbiglia, Kathleen Madigan, Margaret Cho and other seriously funny performers. The opening ceremony included an attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for the number of people tossing rubber chickens at once. The record was recently certified by Guinness World Record officials. Festival goers threw 925 chickens onto Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, breaking the previous record of 265 set in April 2010 near Boston, Mass

I wonder what great acts LaughFest Will bring in 2012?