This FREE event celebrates 10 years of partnership (so far!) between The Best Day of My Life So Far, Philadelphia Senior Center and NewCourtland Senior Services. Our partnership began in 2009 when 29-year-old Benita Cooper borrowed a table for an hour a week in the basement of PSC to start a small intergenerational storytelling group and blog, armed with only pen and paper, and fueled by the friendship and stories of her grandmother. Originally intended as a six-week workshop, the original Best Day of My Life So Far storytelling group has never stopped meeting since. By empowering older adults to open up and younger volunteers and visitors to listen, the group has turned hundreds of strangers into family, given birth to dozens of satellite groups nationwide, and pioneered award-winning, research-backed, AARP-endorsed methods of intergenerational engagement, active listening and compassionate care. Support from the press has ranged from articles in papers like Philadelphia Inquirer and Courier Post, to features on TV programs such as Erie News Now and ABC News: Art of Aging.
Founder’s Welcome / Meet the Storytellers Breakfast
Vendors’ Exhibit / Video Watch Party / VIP Lunch and Learn
Storytelling Conversations / Video Watch Party / Family Sponsor Photos
Story Wall Unveiling / Thank the Storytellers Tea Time / Family Sponsor Photos
... BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT TILL THE BIG DAY TO PARTICIPATE!
1. SPONSOR our work as an individual, family or business - full details are on this page and we are happy to answer any questions!
2. SUBMIT an older adult's story with their permission, and a photo of both of you, after sharing a conversation with them: www.bestdayofmylifesofar.org/listen
3. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW for practical listening tips and inspirational stories bit.ly/subscribeforabestday | @bestdayofmylifesofar on FB, IG | @bestdaysofar on TW
4. SEATS ARE LIMITED - SIGN UP for our exclusive Lunch and Learn event segment - simply select the VIP Sponsorship Level
5. VOLUNTEER to help with fun yet meaningful tasks before, during or after the event - reach out if you are a high school or college student interested in internship opportunities matched to your career goals
6. EXHIBIT your company's products and services at our event - simply select the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Premier Sponsorship Level
BECOME A SPONSOR
TO TAKE US INTO THE NEXT DECADE
Individual, family and business sponsorship levels are available
All proceeds from this event and fundraising campaign will benefit The Best Day of My Life So Far. Your support will change the lives of more older adults, bring together more communities, and improve the quality of health and home care. Your scale of impact will be locally focused in Philadelphia, regionally focused in PA and NJ, and national in reach with our network of partner sites as anchors.
We have set up a variety of sponsorship levels, each with meaningful perks, in order to welcome everyone to become a sponsor. We have smaller levels for individuals and families, and various options for businesses looking to make various scales of community impact. Like our programs, we have designed these levels to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible, to empower even the younger members in our communities to step up and help make social change. Our corporate sponsorship options also vary, to welcome businesses of different scales and capacities to participate easily. To make the sponsorship experience even more meaningful, you can contribute in honor or in memory of a special older adult.
"Dear Benita, My name is Lexi Marta and I am a student from TCNJ who collected stories and created a social media campaign plan for The Best Day of My Life So Far. When I was first handed this assignment, I was really reluctant to do it because I felt that I had a close relationship with my grandma (Daisy DiDario) already. However, when I interviewed her, I learned things about her that I never knew before and I suddenly realized how important it was to close that generational gap. My grandmother passed last night, and having done this project now means everything to me. It is a good memory and I'm sure her stories will be shared during her services. Thank you for the work you do and encouraging us to just sit and talk and listen.” – Alexis Marta, Student at The College of New Jersey, a Best Day of My Life So Far 10th Anniversary Site
“Before I started attending, I didn’t think I would encounter people who would inspire me, relate to me or help me think positively about growing older. Being a part of this group has made me see things in a different light. People, no matter their age, can interact comfortably here and leave every session with a more positive outlook on life. I think the name of the group, ‘The Best Day of My Life So Far’, aptly describes how I feel about being a member. In the four years that I have been here, I have found some really dear friends and enjoyed listening to their stories, and sharing mine. I hope to continue attending for years to come.” – Joe Garrison, Member of The Best Day of My Life So Far Group at Philadelphia Senior Center
In 2019, our 10th anniversary, The Best Day of My Life So Far has taken our organization to the next level - bringing our training and programming to a greater audience and building out our internal capacity to ensure that we will be around for the next decades to come.