The Jim Utley Foundation, a Texas-based 501(c)3 non-profit, who fights to “help kids live drug free”, has created a new youth scholarship fund, and has partnered with the Plano Sports Authority (PSA) in doing so.

Rebecca Baker, Founder and President of The Jim Utley Foundation lost her brother, Jim Utley of Plano, in 2006, because of Methamphetamine. “Our goal is always to help youth discover how to lead a full and rewarding life without the use of drugs. My younger brother struggled with addiction and balance his whole life,” said Baker. “The JUF Scholarship Fund will not be traditional in that it will offer help paying for sports and other extracurricular activities as well as academics.”

Partnering with the Plano Sports Authority (PSA), the Jim Utley Foundation aims to provide families who qualify with youth summer sports camps. “We are looking to partner with other organizations as well,” said Baker. “Our plan is that the scholarship fund will also help those youth in-need of rehab and/or drug and alcohol counseling and possibly support youth who successfully completed that type of treatment and want to go to college but can’t afford it fully.”

Masquerade Gala, Friday October 23

In order to raise funds for this new initiative, the Jim Utley Foundation is hosting a Masquerade party on Friday, October 23, the first day of National Red Ribbon Week – Drug Awareness. The celebration will be held at 34Events (1017 E. 15th Street), a new venue, in historic downtown Plano.

Tickets are $125 each and include food by Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Eatzi’s (Plano) as well as cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka, Silver Star Whiskey and Ben E. Keith. Tickets also include live entertainment by In10City, valet parking and a silent auction. Other sponsors include Mercedes Benz of Plano, The Utley Family, Plano Profile magazine, Good Life Family Magazine, Starpower and Neiman Marcus Willow Bend.

Date: Friday, October 23

Time: 8 p.m. – Midnight

Location: 34 Events (Plano) – 1017 E 15th St. – Plano, TX

Attire: Uptown Funk or Dressy Casual with Mask

Tickets: $125.00 per person

Buy tickets:

Contact: (214) 616-9033



Rebecca Silvestri

Rebecca Silvestri is the vice president of Sales & Marketing. She is also the wife of Philip Silvestri, publisher of Local Profile. In a previous life, Rebecca was a math teacher in London and the...