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Safe Sober Prom Night Launches Fall Speaker Program with Jeremey Bates “The Hope Dealer”

The Winston-Salem based non-profit, Safe Sober Prom Night, is pleased to announce their inaugural Fall Speaker Series taking place the week of September 19th.

Jeremy Bates, a.k.a. “the Hope Dealer” will join David Daggett and Griff Shuler of Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law and Safe Sober Prom Night for presentations to all the freshman and sophomores in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System.

Growing up in a family defined by addiction and dysfunction, Jeremy Bates knows first-hand the importance of developing resiliency, cultivating dreams, and never losing hope. Living through trauma, drug abuse, and abandonment as a child, Jeremy has an amazing story to share. Through his one-of-a-kind presentation, Jeremy is able to lace authenticity and vulnerability in his stories, while providing audiences the “tools” that provided him hope in a series of hopeless situations.

His story is shared through live, interactive music, and takes audiences on a journey while challenging them to make healthy choices – including not drinking underage or driving drunk – that reflect the greatness they deserve.

“Jeremy’s message pairs perfectly with that of Safe Sober Prom Night.” says co-founder David Daggett. “We think that Jeremy’s message can help these kids set off in the right direction at the beginning of the school year. We are thrilled to have Jeremy with us as the first speaker for the Fall Speaker Series of Safe Sober Prom Night.”

Safe Sober Prom Night is now the largest and longest running privately funded initiative of its type in the United Sates and is beginning its 27th year in Northwest North Carolina. Perhaps the most well-known event of the Safe Sober Prom Night Program is Pledge Day at each of the 47 participating high schools. David Daggett, Griff Shuler, and volunteers from the staff at their personal injury law firm, Daggett Shuler, visit each school personally before prom to have the students sign a pledge card promising to stay safe and sober on prom night. Each student who signs a pledge card receives a t-shirt, proclaiming their commitment to being safe and sober to their peers.

For more information on Safe Sober Prom Night and the Fall Speaker Series, call 336-724-1234, or follow Safe Sober Prom Night on Facebook.

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