Big Hearts for Seniors Event


Big Hearted Stories: Journeys

May 17, 2022  |  Evening  |  Donate

An evening of storytelling and a silent auction benefitting five important programs that serve older adults in our community - Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club, and Turner Senior Wellness Program. 

Click here to watch the 2021 event.

Call Out to Storytellers for the 2022 event!

Do you have a story to tell? Big Hearts for Seniors (BHS) is searching for storytellers to tell their true stories using the theme, “Journeys” for this year's event on May 17, 2022. Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2022 through February 25, 2022. Individual coaching will be provided to those who are selected. Applying to be a storyteller is easy. You don’t have to have a full story to apply, just an idea. Please put together a brief description of your story idea (250 words or less) and click here to apply! In addition, there will be a free virtual storytelling workshop on January 15, 2022! To register for the workshop, click here.

If you have any questions, please email or call (734) 998-9353. Have fun and good luck!

Information for Storytellers

Storyteller Submissions will be accepted from January 1 through February 25, 2022

  • Storyteller WorkshopJanuary 15, 2022, from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Zoom. Worried about how to turn your experience and idea into a great story? You are not alone!  You will get to participate in personalized workshops with storytelling veterans. They will guide you on shaping your story and making it what you want it to be.
  • Semifinalists will be announced on March 1, 2022
  • Pitch Fest: March 5 and March 6, 2022 (30 minutes appointments will be set).  Semifinalists will have the opportunity to "pitch" their story ideas to the selection committee.
  • Final Storytellers will be announced on March 7, 2022
  • Three one-hour coaching sessions will be determined during the months of March and April at dates agreed upon by coaches and participants.
  • Dress Rehearsal: In person rehearsal at the Lydia Mendelsshon Theatre, date and time TBD.
  • Big Hearts for Seniors will be May 17, 2022, Time TBD, at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI.

2022 Sponsorship Opportunities

Coming soon!  Please email Lori Hirshman for more information at or call (734) 763-5064.

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors!

Click here to view our 2021 Sponsors.

Thank You to Our 2021 $250+ Donors!

Big Hearts for Seniors greatly values the support from all our donors and we have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this honor roll. Please contact us at (734) 763-6080 if you note any errors. This is a listing of gifts received from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

  • Ms. Regina Abney
  • Mrs. Lynn Adelman
  • Ms. Stephanie Augustyniak
  • Dr. Nan Barbas
  • Ms. Laurie Barnett
  • Ms. Lisa Barton
  • Mr. John Beilein
  • Ms. Michele Carmona
  • Dr. John Charpie
  • Mrs. Juanita Christian
  • Ms. Anita Clos
  • Dr. Dennis Crowley
  • Mrs. Gwendolyn Davidge
  • Dr. Julie DeLoria
  • Mrs. Laura Devens
  • Dr. Colin Duckett
  • Mrs. Shannon Etcheverry
  • Dr. John Farah
  • Ms. Margaret Flannery
  • Mrs. Janet Fogler
  • Dr. Brian Foster
  • Mrs. Susan Franke
  • Mr. William Furtwangler
  • Ms. Stephanie Gatica
  • Mrs. Charlene Hancock
  • Ms. Christine Hansen
  • Mr. Paul Haynes
  • Ms. Jennifer Howard
  • Mr. J. Michael Huget
  • Ms. Amy Hurst
  • Mrs. Kathleen Hurst
  • Mr. George Hurst
  • Mrs. Janet Johnson-Haynes
  • Mrs. Julia Kramer
  • Mr. Paul Mack
  • Mrs. Rosanne Mack
  • Mrs. Rosanne Mack
  • Ms. Sue McMahon
  • Mr. William McPherson
  • Ms. Sharon McRill
  • Ms. Mary Mostaghim
  • Mr. Roger Parker
  • Dr. Neal Persky
  • Mrs. Ann Raftery
  • Mrs. Renee Robbins
  • Ms. Alfreda Rooks Jordan
  • Dr. Carolyn Siebers
  • Ms. Elizabeth Spencer
  • Ms. Gretta Spier
  • Ms. Jane Spinner
  • Mrs. Maureen Stein
  • Dr. Jonathan Sugar
  • Dr. Theodore Suh
  • Mrs. June Swartz
  • Dr. Sharon Swindell
  • Ms. E. Laurita Thomas
  • Ms. Ann Tomlanovich
  • Jane Wilson Trust
  • Dr. Marie Vitale
  • Dr. Caroline Vitale
  • Mr. Royce Walters
  • Mrs. Sandra Weimert
  • Ms. Julie Wheaton
  • Ms. Carolyn White
  • Ms. Jena Wisely
  • Ms. Julie Young
  • Ms. Barbara Zaret

Past Events

2021 Big Hearts for Seniors Event

May 27, 2021 - View Event Program

Click here to watch the 2021 program.

Prior Years