Calling all storytellers: Big Hearts for Seniors presents ‘Big Hearted Stories: On Purpose’

January 10, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources
The VIP reception at last year’s Big Hearts for Seniors event.

Do you have a story to tell? Big Hearts for Seniors is searching for community members interested in sharing their true-life stories. 

“Big Hearted Stories: On Purpose” will be held in front of a live audience on Thursday, May 18 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and Michigan League. The event will be emceed by Vic Strecher, Ph.D.  M.P.H., professor of health behavior and health education in the U-M School of Public Health. 

Applications are being accepted through Feb. 24. Individual coaching with expert storytellers will be provided to those selected. 

Visit the Big Hearts for Seniors website for more information on the storyteller submission process and to register for the 2023 event. Prospective storytellers can submit their story online. 

A free virtual storytelling workshop will be held Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. until noon. A short video from Artistic Director Breeda Miller explains this year’s theme “On Purpose.”

Big Hearts for Seniors is comprised of six community-supported programs of Michigan Medicine that serve older adults. Together, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs, Turner African American Services Council and the Turner Senior Wellness Program help seniors live their best lives. All funds raised are used to provide needed services to older adults.

Since 2006, Big Hearts for Seniors has raised funds through various events including the Big House/Big Heart races, silent auctions and documentary film screenings. 

In 2022, Big Hearts for Seniors hosted their first in person program since 2019. “Big Hearted Stories: Journeys” welcomed approximately 300 attendees and the reviews were overwhelmingly positive.  

One attendee wrote, “It was a great event! I don’t know that it could have been any better.” 

The event brought in a record 77 sponsors and, overall, it raised more than $134,000 (a $40,000 increase over the highest fundraising amount in 2021). 


When: Thursday, May 18

Where: Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre and Michigan League, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor

When: 7 p.m.