Laughing Matters Brings Your Neighbors Joy

Amy Van Gunst

Laughing Matters is an annual fundraiser that supports our work at the Lakeshore Counseling Office in Oceana County. With one of Michigan’s highest rates of poverty and lowest rates of counseling access – the need for our work there is great. And the benefits of our services are greater still.

At the Lakeshore Counseling  Office we provide counseling to kids in school and individuals in the community regardless of someone’s ability to pay. Last year, this fundraiser gave more than 200 people in the county the opportunity to seek out counseling services. These services helped kids succeed in school, helped parents get support, and helped folks heal.

Every dollar spent purchasing a Laughing Matters ticket is used to put someone who needs counseling in session with a therapist. Those dollars really do save lives, and they really do change outcomes in Oceana County.
This event brings a lot of joy. Counseling support changes lives forever and helps communities in Oceana County grow stronger and more resilient. When we help someone overcome a mental illness, when we help a child concentrate in school, when we help a family nourish parenting skills, then we help build a more whole and vibrant community.

We’re so proud of this event for that. We’re also very grateful to have the opportunity to gather folks together to celebrate wholeness and mental health. Too often we bring along really negative images when we think of mental and behavioral health, and this kind of stigma can have a pretty significant impact on low income, rural communities. It keeps people from reaching out for help when they need it, and it holds families back.

That’s why this event – through and through — is really is about joy. The joy of being mentally whole. The joy of not being ashamed. The joy of building community. The joy of laughter in the middle of the winter in Oceana County!
Laughing Matters Comedy Supports Counseling Services
We hope you will help us spread joy, wholeness and healing by purchasing a ticket to Laughing Matters. If you want to support our work, but aren’t able to attend the event, you can purchase a sponsor ticket, and we’ll celebrate you at the event.


Tickets are available by calling 616.456.1178 or by visiting our Eventbrite page.