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Just Say YES, a nonprofit organization helping equip teens to succeed by educating them through youth speakers and classroom curriculum, is hosting their annual Just Say YES Pointing Youth in the Right Direction Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8 at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will be held in the Preston Hollow home of Lisa and Kenny Troutt with Chef Richard Chamberlain catering the event.  The proceeds from the fundraiser support the nonprofit’s goal to provide resources that empower students to say YES to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices.

Each year the luncheon speaker addresses the audience as they would in an assembly given to a group of high school students through Just Say YES programs. This year, nationally known professional youth speaker, Gabe Salazar, will give his presentation titled “Dream Big” to luncheon guests. Salazar shares his story of overcoming obstacles of homelessness, hopelessness and gang influence to become the first in his family to go to college.  His message challenges teenagers and encourages them to make positive choices in their lives.

Luncheon chair is Coach Avery Johnson and luncheon honorary co-chairs are Tavia and Clark Hunt.  Luncheon sponsors include Kay Miller, Ellen and Paul Flowers, Amy Simmons and Marti and David Dunton.

Sue Gragg Precious Jewels has generously donated an 18kt yellow gold and diamond necklace valued at $3,950 for a raffle.  Tickets may be bought now through the day of the luncheon and the winner does not have to be present at the luncheon to win.

Just Say YES began as an educational nonprofit organization in March 2002. Their mission is to partner with schools to provide the right speakers, media and curriculum to help students succeed academically and through making positive decisions that will improve their success inside and outside of the classroom.

After 22 years with two Fortune 500 companies, Dan Bailey, President of Just Say YES, resigned and dedicated his life to helping youth make healthy choices as they avoid destructive behaviors. During the luncheon, Bailey will update current and future partners about the trajectory of the organization and new developments from the past year. He also highlights programs and speakers that have seen particular success in schools districts.

What:               Just Say YES Pointing Youth in the Right Direction Luncheon

When:              Tuesday, April 8, 2014

                        11:30 a.m.

Where:             Home of Lisa and Kenny Troutt

                        10595 Strait Lane

                        Dallas, TX  75229

Cost:                Sponsorships and tickets are available

                        Individual tickets are $100; Sponsorships begin at $1,250


The public is invited to attend the luncheon. Tickets and sponsorships are available by contacting or 972-437-0002 or by visiting

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