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Big Hearts for Seniors: Program Details

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5:30 - 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception

6:00 p.m. - General Admission/Silent Auction Viewing

6:30 p.m. - Theater doors open

7:00 p.m. -Storytelling Performance

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. – Auction Check out

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Big Hearted Stories: Journeys
an evening of local storytelling and entertainment

Emcee and Special Guest Storyteller

headshot of Vic StrecherVic Strecher, is a visionary leader and expert in the fields of behavior change, digital communication, and wellbeing. Vic is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and Founder of Kumanu, Inc, a next generation wellbeing company. His latest neuroscience, behavioral, and epidemiologic research; his two books, Life On Purpose and the graphic novel On Purpose; his free massive open online course Finding Purpose and Meaning in Life, which in its first seven months has over 90,000 enrollees, and the Purposeful application his business (Kumanu) created, are all focused on the importance of developing and maintaining a strong purpose in life.

 


Our Storytellers

headshot of Mark HarrisMark Harris, is an experienced fitness instructor and personal trainer. He inspires and educates those who want to improve their cognitive and physical health and fitness. Since 1999, he has been developing fitness programs in the community and for area hospitals and physicians. Mark has participated in programs to promote better health, funded by federal agencies, local foundations and several universities and has been teaching senior fitness classes since 2006. After being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, he became a Community Ambassador with the American Cancer Society, an Advisory Board member of the Michigan Medicine Rogel Cancer Center, an Advisory Board member for the University of North Carolina and Henry Ford Health System study, funded by Genentech, a co-facilitator of the Michigan Institute of Urology prostate cancer support group, and the first prostate cancer consultant for Merck.

 


headshot of Mark HollandMarc Holland, has been a published playwright for nearly three decades. With five titles currently in print, his plays have been produced over 500 times across the country. Marc first worked in front of an audience at the age of eighteen months and has decided to remain until he is asked to leave.

 


headshot of Bill KriegerBill Krieger, is the Veterans Affairs Program Manager for Consumers Energy and the host of the Me You Us podcast. He is focused on easing the transition of veterans into civilian work as well as personal well-being. Bill has 28 years of experience at Consumers Energy. He is also a retired Army Captain with 21 years of service and has been deployed to Iraq. Bill is a founding member and past co-chair of the Veterans Advisory Panel at Consumers Energy. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Central Michigan University.

 


headshot of Breeda MillerBreeda Miller, is a storyteller, author, playwright, actor and recovering caregiver. Her experiences caring for her mother for nearly six years, including hospice care have shaped her own journey and she shares those lessons in a variety of creative ways. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy. A skilled storyteller, her video stories have gone viral and she has appeared on The Moth Story Hour on NPR. Her acclaimed one-woman play, Mrs. Kelly's Journey Home brings to the stage the experiences that are often unspoken of so many generations of immigrants and adults caring for their aging parents.