Annual University of Michigan event searching for local storytellers

Ari Weinzweig feature storyteller for 2023 fundraiser

ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan’s annual Big Hearts for Seniors fundraiser is searching for community members with stories to tell at this year’s event.

Big Hearted Stories: On Purpose will be held on May 18 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and Michigan League in front of a live audience.

It will be emceed by Vic Strecher, a professor at U-M’s School of Public Health. This year’s featured storyteller is Ari Weinzweig, co-founder of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.

Those interested in sharing their true-life stories can apply through Feb. 24. Those selected to participate will receive coaching from expert storytellers.

A sign for the Big Hearts for Seniors auction. (Michigan Medicine)

Big Hearts for Seniors is made up of six Michigan Medicine programs that are community-supported and serve older adults. They include: 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.

All funds raised at the event will go toward supporting these crucial services for older adults. Last year’s event, the first in-person Big Heart for Seniors since 2019, raised a record-breaking $134,000 and brought in 77 sponsors.

For more information including how to apply, visit the event’s website.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.