It started with a simple idea in 1990: That giving fans to Central Texas seniors could help protect them from heat-related illnesses.


Since then, Family Eldercare’s annual Summer Fan Drive has collected and distributed more than 100,000 fans, including 7,000 last summer alone.


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Although the need for fans remains, due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of this year’s events will be held virtually, kicking off with the Summer Fan Drive 30th Birthday Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 15. This virtual event will feature live music and trivia hosted by musician Joel Laviolette of Rattletree.


Events continue May 16, with DJ Mel's Living Room Dance Party, with DJ Mel, one of the state’s most high-profile DJs, performing from 6 to 10 p.m.


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Additional events will be announced in upcoming weeks. Check summerfandrive.org for details or to get involved.