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Safe Sober Prom Night Third Annual Fall Speaker Program a Success

David Daggett, Jeremy Bates, and Griff Shuler

(Winston-Salem, NC) October 1, 2018– The Winston-Salem based non-profit, Safe Sober Prom Night, is pleased to announce the third annual Fall Speaker Series. Jeremy Bates, a.k.a. “the Hope Dealer” joined David Daggett and Griff Shuler of Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law and Safe Sober Prom Night for a week of inspiring and uplifting presentations at participating Safe Sober Prom Night Schools.

Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law, is kicking off the 29th year of Safe Sober Prom Night with a fun tradition – a fall speaker series. After listening to feedback from their 50 participating high schools, the speaker series was moved from spring to fall to expand the impact of the Safe Sober Prom Night program on students in our community. Now students kick off the school year with the Safe Sober Prom Night message, gearing them up to make the right choices throughout the school year.

This is the fourth straight year that Jeremy Bates, a.k.a. “the Hope Dealer” has been with the program. 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 recounts his personal history 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. “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 again as the 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 29th year in Northwest North Carolina. Perhaps the most well-known event of the Safe Sober Prom Night Program is Pledge Day. David Daggett, Griff Shuler, and volunteers from the staff at their personal injury law firm, Daggett Shuler, visit each school of the 50 participating schools personally before prom to encourage students sign a pledge promising to stay safe and sober on prom night. Each student who signs a pledge card receives a free t-shirt, proclaiming their commitment to being safe and sober to their peers and their community.

Additional information available upon request.

Jeremy Bates speaks to classes

Jeremy Bates hugs student

Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law, principal office is based at 2140 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27104.  The firm handles personal injury claims including serious injuries, automobile accidents, workers’ compensation and social security disability.  They have received national recognition for their Safe Sober Prom Night program.


I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston