Big Hearts for Seniors Event

2023 Big Hearts for Seniors Event
Photos from 2023 Big Hearts for Seniors event

2024 Big Hearts for Seniors
Big Hearted Stories: Love Stories

May 30, 2024
VIP - Michigan League, 5:30pm ($100)
General Admission - Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 7:00pm ($35)

Online Silent Auction May 23rd-30th

Questions? Contact us: (734) 998-9350 | [email protected]

The Big Hearts for Seniors (BHS) annual fundraiser event benefits six community senior programs:

John U. Bacon
Vic Strecher, MD, PhD

The 2024 event will feature emcee, Vic Strecher, MD, PhD, Professor U-M School of Public Health and featured storyteller, John U. Bacon, a best-selling author.

Call for Storytellers!

Do you have a story to tell? Big Hearts for Seniors (BHS) is searching for storytellers to tell their true stories using the theme, “Love Stories” for the 2024 event. Applications will be accepted online December 1, 2023- March 15, 2024. 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. Submit a brief description of your story idea - 250 words or less here.

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. To learn more about the Love Stories theme and the storytelling process, watch the below video from Big Hearted Stories Artistic Director Breeda Miller here.

Important Dates

  • Storyteller Workshop: February 3, 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm (Virtual) - Open to all that are interested in learning about how to tell a compelling story from Big Hearts for Seniors Artistic Directors Breeda Miller and Brian Cox. Register here.
  • Pitchfest: March 23 and 24, 2024 - at Turner Senior Resource Center- 2401 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • Storyteller Announcement: March 25, 2024
  • Coaching sessions - three sessions per storyteller. Dates TBD. 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 at Lydia Mendelssohn Theater: May 29, 2024
  • Performance: May 30, 2024

For more information about the event, including tickets and sponsorships, click here.


Past Events

2023 Big Hearts for Seniors Event

Thursday, May 18, 2023  |  Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI

On May 18, 2023, Big Hearts for Seniors presented the much-anticipated Big Hearted Stories: On Purpose, at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear about the importance of visioning from featured storyteller Ari Weinzweig, co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses. Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at U-M School of Public Health returned as emcee, and shared the story of reevaluating his purpose after the loss of his daughter.

The lineup of storytellers included Wallace Bridges, Kasey Hilton, Audrey Lucas, Traci Ruiz and Chris Mosley. The storytellers shared true stories about discovering purpose in their lives after experiencing the grief of losing loved ones, unspoken love and respect of a father, accessibility needs of a child, responsibility of caring for an elder, and growth of opportunities over a long career. All the storytellers felt drawn to the theme 'On Purpose,' and each had a unique perspective to share. The evening also featured a VIP reception and silent auction featuring over 250 items.

Through ticket sales, sponsorships, silent auction bidders, and donations, this years’ event raised more than $150,000, which is a record!

2022 Big Hearts for Seniors Event

The 2022 Big Hearts for Seniors event took place on May 17 and was a huge success! Celebrating its 17th anniversary, the event was held in the beautiful Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor and included a live performance featuring five storytellers, who each shared personal stories surrounding the theme of the night: “journey.” Through ticket sales, a silent auction of almost 200 items, and donations, the Big Hearted Stories: Journeys raised a record-breaking total of $134,000, which is $33,000 more than the record set in 2021. To watch the recording click here.

2022 BHS Program

2021 Big Hearts for Seniors Event

May 27, 2021 - View Event Program

Prior Years