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Shamequia Cason-The scholastic achiever that is never satisfied, as she received both her Bachelors and Master’s degree with the aggressive pursuit of completing her PhD, and a goal to support her philanthropic efforts within the Dallas sector. Shamequia paved her personal road of notoriety among Dallas notables with her self-rising business-Black Beauty Accessories. With 10 years of experience, Shamequia is a personal fashion stylist, brand manager for personal and business brands, a publicist, Executive Director and Founder of Trend Next-What’s Now, What’s New, What's Next-a Charity Fashion event in which the Baylor Health Care Foundation benefits from the proceeds. Recently partnering with Donate Life Texas, Shamequia has a passion to raise the awareness of organ donation by positively impacting the number of registered donors.

The passion to raise awareness for Organ Donation and Kidney Transplantation began with her own health issues that forced Shamequia on dialysis for 5 years and ultimately a kidney transplant. An active voice for the Baylor Health Care System, Shamequia has served as a spokesperson by participated in various campaigns such as print work, billboard apperances and recording commercials, which air on local television, in efforts to raise 250,000,000 for the 2015 Baylor Make All Better initiative. The battle to regain her own personal strength has been the driving force of bringing forth a fashion show with many “FIRST” such as Haggar Clothing Co. participating in a runway show in the company’s history.

During the summer time, Shamequia enjoys feeding less fortunate children with her summer feeding initiative with under Trend Next
Regardless to health hardships, Shamequia has found the time to become a wife and mother. Writing has always been a passion for Shamequia, as she served as a contributing fashion writer for Southern Dallas County Business and Living Magazine. When taking a break from the fashion and philanthropic world, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and shopping. Taking pride in setting Trends, Shamequia looks forward to shedding light on charity, and fashion among the Dallas elite.

Recap: Chuck Norris Speaks At Just Say Yes Luncheon In Dallas

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris was the featured speaker at the Just Say Yes Luncheon hosted on April 14, 2015 at the ravishing home of Lisa and Kenny Trout. A grand entrance, is the only way to describe upon arriving to the property. As guest circle into the driveway, valet handles guest with gallantry behavior and the eye-ball gazing began at the gorgeous ascetics.

After the customary check in procedure, the purpose of the event became a relevant reality. The Just Say Yes student participants were the host that directed guest to their appropriate seats with a gracious smile and an ambitious spirit to get the job done. Just Say Yes, has a vision of “empowering youth to say YES to their dreams and goals and no to destructive choices such as drugs, alcohol, sexual activity and bullying”. The program addresses several realistic topics such as character development, leadership, teen dating violence and other barriers that teens face, along with self-image awareness and social media.

Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Dan Bailey, Lisa Troutt, Kenny Troutt

Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Dan Bailey, Lisa Troutt, Kenny Troutt

Just Say Yes-Youth Equipped To Succeed-The mantra that dictates, standing in agreement for accountability, honing in on positivity and making the change needed to equate success. A 501(C)3 founded in March of 2002 by Dan Bailey, the withstanding mission has been, “Providing youth with factual and relational information equipping them to lead healthy and successful lives.”. Since 2011,  Just Say Yes has showcased a well presented luncheon that serves as the “social meeting space”, for all of the supporters to gather and witness the fruits of their labor.

The walk from the entrance to the home auditorium, where the actual luncheon was held, added the perfect touch of entertainment as, Kimberlin Academy Honors Orchestra played softly by the poolside for all to enjoy. Just Say Yes peer to peer students formed in groups to rally the support of purchasing raffle tickets to win the one item that everyone had their eyes set on; an 18 karat rose diamond cross pendant with 1.52 carat diamonds and 18 karat rose and white gold bezel set diamond chain with .35 carat diamonds-valued 12,780, generously donated by Sue Gragg Precious Jewels. Sue and Jimmy Gragg also served as honorary chairs.

Kathryn Rossi, Tavia Hunt, Knobel Hunt  (Kathryn winner of the 18 karat rose gold diamond cross pendant

Kathryn Rossi, Tavia Hunt, Knobel Hunt (Kathryn winner of the 18 karat rose gold diamond cross pendant

The program began promptly with a fervent prayer from Rev. Charles Wolford that not only placed well wishes on the organization but blessed an impeccable menu selection, catered by Chef Richard Chamberlain. Guest enjoyed, wood roasted beef with caramelized onion rosemary jam, citrus grilled chicken avocado puree and grapefruit pico, along with Asian vegetable and yam slaw with mandarin sesame dressing. Yum!  The dessert of the evening was a delicately soft chocolate cupcake with a creamy butter icing from The Original Cupcakery-The official cupcake sponsor of the luncheon 2015.

Just Say Yes Tyranee Jackson and Veronia Lee

Founder Dan Bailey addressed the crowd with a humble thanks to all of the sponsors and also noted that the entire event was underwritten by way of table sales and it is such an accomplishment for the luncheon. Last year the luncheon raised funds in the amount of 276,000 with a goal to raise 300,000 this year. The funds supports partnerships with schools across the nation to provide the right speakers, media and programs to help students succeed academically and in life. With an integration of STARS Peer-to-peer mentoring group, a total of 38 states has experienced the Just Say Yes assembly programs. The great news is that STARS in also inside of Garland Independent School District, Dallas Independent School District and now planning for Duncanville. The program could not end without a success story of one of their very own featured mentors Tyranee Jackson, who started the STARS Peer-To-Peer Mentoring program last year as a freshman mentee. Her mentor helped her to break through barriers that would have defined her, without the influence of Just Say Yes.


Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Sue Gragg, Jimmy Gragg (Sue and Jimmy-honorary chairs)

Chuck Norris, Gena Norris, Sue Gragg, Jimmy Gragg (Sue and Jimmy-honorary chairs)

The campus spotlight was shined on Thomas Jefferson High School. Last year the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School Sandi Massey learned about Garland ISD’s success as the flagship district, incorporating the STARS Peer-To-Peer Mentoring model into their campus improvement strategy. Since then Thomas Jefferson is the first Dallas ISD school to implement the program.
Chuck Norris made the point that, he was not dealt an easy life, but with hard work and the determination to proceed past roadblocks, he is now a representation of breaking through and defying barriers. Serving elementary schools, public and private schools, middle schools, after-school organizations, high school’s parent and educators-Just Say Yes is an ever evolving system of individuals working together for the common good of our youth.

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