Drug Free Collier 9th Annual Community Awareness Luncheon

Youth Expert and ‘Teen Whisperer’ Josh Shipp to Speak at Drug Free Collier Luncheon

NAPLES (Feb. 9) – Drug Free Collier will hold its 9th annual Community Awareness Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples. Scott Salley, retired Collier County Sheriff’s Office Chief and former Drug Free Collier board president, will be honored for his drug abuse prevention work. Josh Shipp, an award-winning youth speaker and teen expert, will deliver the keynote address entitled “Every Child is One Caring Adult Away From Being a Success.” Former NFL players Ike Alama- Francis and David Jones, Drug Free Collier Community Ambassadors, will greet the guests along with middle school and high school students in the organization’s CORE (Character, Opposing Drugs, Responsible Choices, Expectations) program. Tickets are $100 each and may be purchased by calling 377-0535.


“Scott was one of our earliest board members and has done so much for the community, especially his work running the Collier County Jail, where many of those incarcerated were addicts,” said Rey Pezeshkan, Drug Free Collier board president. “Scott and his wife lost their son Deke nine years ago to a drug overdose, so our mission is very important to him. We are honored to pay tribute to Scott at this year’s luncheon.”


Board vice president and luncheon chair Mimi Scofield said Josh Shipp’s story is inspirational. “He is going to emphasize to our audience that he had one adult in his life who never gave up on him, and all our kids – whether our own child or one who we can positively impact – need us.” Scofield credits Scott Salley with helping her when her own son faced addiction issues.

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Shipp, a former at-risk foster child turned youth advocate, is the author of national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination.” His television series Teen Trouble on A&E/ Lifetime documented his work with teens in crisis. Shipp was named a CNN Young Person Who Rocks and was listed on INC. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.



The mission of Drug Free Collier is uniting the community to protect the children of Collier County from substance abuse. The non-profit organization serves as a resource for teens, parents, vendors and the community for information about drug abuse, prevention strategies, and safe disposal of prescription drugs. It helps develop drug free schools, operates a teen program to help youth avoid drugs, and offers free drug testing kits to parents, among other services. Learn more at or call the office at 239-377-0535.