Tavia and Clark Hunt had hardly had time to switch from their uber formal wear for daughter Gracie Hunt’s bowing at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Deb Presentation on Saturday, February 9, when it was learned that they’ve taken on another fundraising event. They will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 9th Annual Celebration benefiting Just Say YES (Youth Equipped to Succeed) on Tuesday, April 23, at The Statler.
This year’s featured speaker will be New York Times best-selling author/Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy. Makes perfect sense, since both Clark and Tony share professional football backgrounds. For the pigskin-challenged, Clark is the president/CEO/co-owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, while Tony led the Indianapolis Colts to the Super Bowl in 2007.
In addition to making it to the Super Bowl, Tony “established another National Football League achievement by becoming the first head coach to lead his teams to the playoffs for 10 consecutive years. After he retired from coaching in 2009, Dungy seamlessly translated his experiences into writing projects, becoming a four-time New York Times bestselling author. Today, Dungy is an analyst for NBC’s ‘Football Night in America’ and dedicates his passion to a wide variety of charitable organizations, especially those that focus on mentorship.”
According to Just Say YES Founder/President Dan Bailey, “Tony Dungy’s nationwide commitment to mentoring youth is not only inspiring, but it’s imperative in equipping the next generation to succeed. We thank him for his passion and devotion to empower young people, and are privileged to have him as our 9th Annual Celebration keynote speaker. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening.
With a theme of “Reaching New Heights,” the fundraiser’s goal is a whopping $300,000 to provide K-12th graders “to succeed via three types of programming: high-impact student assemblies, peer-to-peer mentoring programs and adult influence education (staff development and parent programs).”
Table sponsorship include opportunities to meet Tony, and individual tickets levels are available here!
* Graphic and photo provided by Just Say YES