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BEST DAY PHILADELPHIA: 10TH ANNIV STORYTELLING DAY

**CAMPAIGN UPDATE** Thank you for joining us for our 10th Anniv Party! You can continue to donate on this page until 11/30/19 - we are happy to flex your rewards as needed. Consider donating in honor of an older adult as a special holiday gift!



HELP CELEBRATE OUR 10TH ANNIVERSARY
 
TIME AND PLACE
Friday 11.08.19 10am-4pm
Philadelphia Senior Center
509 South Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
 
FREE ADMISSION
Everyone is welcome – stop by or stay the whole day!
 
FEATURING 
Intergenerational Storytelling Activities
Live Readings and Video Screenings
Community Photos and Stories
VIP Lunch and Learn (RSVP required - simply select the VIP sponsorship level)
Free Older Adult Fitness Classes
Door Prizes - including the Independence Blue Cross Healthy Eating Kit valued at $75, and Philadelphia Museum of Art Tickets valued at $100.
 
EVENT SCHEDULE
10am-11am
Story Hall: Founder's and Sponsors' Welcome + Morning Coffee and Stories!

11:15am-1pm
Lower Lobby: Vendors’ Exhibit
Auditorium: Video Watch Party
VIP Room: VIP Lunch + Learn
IBX Age Fearless Lounge: Older Adult Fitness Class

1:15pm-2:15pm
Story Hall: Founder's and Sponsors' Welcome + Afternoon Coffee and Stories!
Lower Lobby: Family Sponsor Photos
Auditorium: Video Watch Party
IBX Age Fearless Lounge: Older Adult Fitness Class

2:15pm-4pm
Story Hall: Open Mic Reading + Thank the Storytellers Tea + Door Prize Announcements
 
BROUGHT TO YOU BY 
The Best Day of My Life So Far @bestdayofmylifesofar
Philadelphia Senior Center
NewCourtland Senior Services
Independence Blue Cross @ibxmedicare #agefearless
City of Philadelphia's Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy @creativephl
Tabula Rasa Healthcare
Meet more of our generous sponsors and become one today!
 
EVENT PURPOSE
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. Philadelphia Business Journal recently awarded Benita with the coveted title of Minority Business Leader.   
 
LUNCH AND LEARN INVITE
If you work in or near Philadelphia, don’t miss this exclusive professional development opportunity – a featured event segment which fits perfectly into your end-of-week lunch break, in a convenient Center City location! Simply select the VIP Lunch and Learn sponsor option to reserve your seat, or arrange for a company outing and reserve seats together. Seats are limited to 50. Click to find out more.
 
VENDOR INVITE
Exhibit your company's products and services to intergenerational audiences, and engage face-to-face with the community at our big event - simply select the Silver, Gold, Platinum or Premier Sponsorship Level. Tables are limited to 8. Food vendors, please contact us for special arrangements and opportunities!
 
 
 
BECOME A 10TH ANNIV SPONSOR TODAY
Without your financial support, our work would not be possible. Please support us as an individual, family or business. Make a donation today – and earn great rewards – by clicking the SPONSOR BUTTON. 
 
Meet our generous sponsors. We will update this list with every sponsorship we receive.
 
Email info@bestdayofmylifesofar.org or call us at 267.908.6922 if you prefer to mail a check donation to our address below, so we can properly thank you for your contribution and send you a confirmation letter.

FUNDING PURPOSE
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. 
 
PROVEN IMPACT
 
"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.

 
We have spent the last 10 years refining and formalizing our training and programming (into 3 programs shaped to suit different audiences www.bestdayofmylifesofar.org/getinvolved), piloting it at 26 sites in differing types of communities (urban, suburban) serving various demographics of older adults to ensure its replicability, and collaborating with research professionals from various higher education institutions and industry authority AARP to ensure alignment with best practices and our understanding of participant experiences (visit www.bestdayofmylifesofar.org/mission/our-impact)
 
This year, we have continued our fight to reduce older adult isolation and bring generations together through a tour of 10 cities. Featuring a special city each month from January to October - with partner sites, including three colleges, leading the charge on the ground - we are empowering young people and aging services professionals in all cities across America to reach out and listen to their older family and community members.
 
The November event is a moment of celebration that culminates this national yearlong tour, as well as a full decade of passionate, steadfast work.
 
 

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"The Best Day of My Life So Far of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia"
 
Mailing Addresses/ Drop-Off Locations:
1315 Walnut Street
Suite 320
Philadelphia PA 19107
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Philadelphia Senior Center
509 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19147
 
 


 
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