Local storytellers set to inspire at Big Hearts for Seniors event

May 9, 2023  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Back for the fourth year, the Big Hearts for Seniors annual evening of storytelling promises an unforgettable program that’ll uplift and inspire attendees. This year’s theme, “Big Hearted Stories: On Purpose,” features keynote storyteller Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

The fundraising event will take place on May 18 and include a silent auction along with a full line-up of storytellers. Speakers will share true tales, and their unique perspectives, about discovering purpose in their lives.

“My story is about helping people find their why with intention,” said Traci Ruiz, one of the six speakers at the event, which also includes Wallace Bridges, Kasey Hilton, Audrey Lucas and Chris Mosley. The stories reflect their rich and varied life experiences, from grieving losses to parenting challenges to career growth and the complexity of family ties.

All proceeds from the event go toward Michigan Medicine older adult community programs, which provide essential services and support to seniors. Together, Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs, Turner African American Services Council and Turner Senior Wellness Program help older adults live their best lives.

The event will take place at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in the Michigan League building beginning with a VIP reception and silent auction. The storytelling performance begins at 7 p.m. Those who can’t attend can still support the fundraiser by participating in the online auction.

Visit the Big Hearts for Seniors website for more information about the event (and the programs it benefits), to purchase tickets, and to bid on silent auction items.