Big Hearts for Seniors fundraiser on May 23 to benefit five Ann Arbor community programs

The Benefit will have a silent auction, entertainment, movie screening

By Sarah M. Parlette - Associated Producer

"Care to Laugh" is about Jesus Trejo's journey balancing his career and taking care of his parents (Adelaida Saldaña and Antonio Trejo). Photo | Shawn Corrigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich - The Big Hearts for Seniors benefit at the Michigan Theater on May 23 will bring awareness and funds to five Ann Arbor community programs.

Money raised by the benefit will be given to Ann Arbor Meals on Wheels, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Silver Club Memory Programs and the Turner Senior Wellness Program, which all support older adults in the Ann Arbor community.

Along with a silent auction and entertainment, attendees will be able to watch a screening of “Care to Laugh,” AARP’s first original documentary. Showing at 7 p.m., “Care to Laugh” follows comedian Jesus Trejo as he balances his career with caring for his aging parents.

In 2018, Big Hearts for Seniors was able to raise $50,000 for community programs. For this year’s fundraiser, the 14th annual Big Hearts for Seniors, the goal is to surpass the $50,000 mark.

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General admission tickets cost $20, and VIP tickets cost $60. Tickets can be purchased online.

For those interested in the silent auction, online bidding will continue until May 21, and then will resume during the silent auction on May 23. Items include Knight’s catering, a Leaders Must Lead coaching session, a portrait package by Noreen Owens, various golf outings and a plethora of gifts certificates to Ann Arbor eateries, spas, events and businesses among other things.

A VIP reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with doors for the film screening opening at 6:15 p.m.  

For those who cannot attend but who wish to donate or for information about silent auction items, to begin bidding, or to learn more about Big Hearts for Seniors, visit the event website.

The Michigan Theater is at 603 E. Liberty St.

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