Luncheon Diaries

Inspiring Just Say Yes luncheon helps point at-risk kids in right direction

Just Say Yes luncheon helps point at-risk kids in right direction

Dan Bailey, Gabe Salazar, just say yes luncheon
Dan Bailey, Gabe Salazar Photo by Dana Driensky
Kenny and Lisa Troutt, Coach Avery and Cassandra Johnson, Tavia and Clark Hunt, just say yes luncheon
Kenny Troutt, Lisa Troutt, Avery Johnson, Cassandra Johnson, Tavia Hunt, Clark Hunt Photo by Dana Driensky
Janet Hambright and Libby Deans, just say yes luncheon
Janet Hambright, Libby Deans Photo by Dana Driensky
Beth Jordan and Tess Martel, just say yes luncheon
Beth Jordan, Tess Martel Photo by Dana Driensky
Betty Murray, Anne Newbury and Martha Beaird, just say yes luncheon
Betty Murray, Anne Newbury, Martha Beaird Photo by Dana Driensky
Coach Avery Johnson, Christopher Caldwell and Dan Bailey, just say yes luncheon
Avery Johnson, Christopher Caldwell, Dan Bailey Photo by Dana Driensky
Julie Sedberry and Rebecca Jordan, Just say Yes luncheon
Julie Sedberry, Rebecca Jordan Photo by Dana Driensky
Jimmy and Sue Gragg, Cassandra and Avery Johnson, Just Say Yes Luncheon
Jimmy Gragg, Sue Gragg, Cassandra Johnson, Avery Johnson Photo by Dana Driensky
Tavia Hunt, Lisa Troutt, Just Say Yes Luncheon
Tavia Hunt, Lisa Troutt Photo by Dana Driensky
Dan Bailey, Gabe Salazar, just say yes luncheon
Kenny and Lisa Troutt, Coach Avery and Cassandra Johnson, Tavia and Clark Hunt, just say yes luncheon
Janet Hambright and Libby Deans, just say yes luncheon
Beth Jordan and Tess Martel, just say yes luncheon
Betty Murray, Anne Newbury and Martha Beaird, just say yes luncheon
Coach Avery Johnson, Christopher Caldwell and Dan Bailey, just say yes luncheon
Julie Sedberry and Rebecca Jordan, Just say Yes luncheon
Jimmy and Sue Gragg, Cassandra and Avery Johnson, Just Say Yes Luncheon
Tavia Hunt, Lisa Troutt, Just Say Yes Luncheon

More than 300 people supported Just Say Yes at a sold-out luncheon at the Preston Hollow home of Lisa and Kenny Troutt. The annual event helps the nonprofit in its goal to provide resources that empower students to say yes to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices.

While guests — including Tavia and Clark Hunt, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Cassandra and Avery Johnson, Janet Hambright, and Libby Deans — enjoyed a meal prepared by chef Richard Chamberlain, they listened intently to Garland’s Lakeview High School’s Chris Caldwell, who spoke about the obstacles in his life and the positive direction Just Say Yes has provided him. He now serves as a peer-to-peer mentor in his school.

Also inspiring was the “Dream Big” presentation delivered by Gabe Salazar, a nationally known professional youth speaker. Salazar explained how he overcame homelessness, hopelessness and gang influence to become the first in his family to go to college.

Just Say Yes began as an educational nonprofit organization in March 2002. Its 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. Customized Just Say Yes programs have been conducted in 38 states, reaching more than 500,000 students, parents and educators.