Just in Time for Foster Youth to hold ‘Walk the Talk’ gala March 22

Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) will hold its annual gala, “Walk the Talk,” on Saturday, March 22, from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Tickets are $300. Limited VIP tickets are available for $500 and include a private reception with Jimmy Wayne at 5:30 p.m.

The Title Sponsor for Walk the Talk is US Bank. Additional sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available.

The evening will be a casual one, with dressy casual attire and “California comfort food” stations. Along with a live auction and a paddle raise, country music artist Jimmy Wayne will be performing.

Jimmy Wayne has a history with foster care: His father abandoned him and his sister, and his mother was often in jail or not a part of their lives. Through hard work and the support of a kind family he encountered by chance, he was able to create a successful life for himself. In 2010, Jimmy set out on a 1,660-mile solo-hike from Nashville, Tenn., to Phoenix to raise awareness about homeless youths and, more specifically, children aging out of the foster system. In honor of Wayne and his commitment to former foster youths, the 2014 Just in Time Gala is called “Walk the Talk.”

This year’s event will honor philanthropists Stephen and Lynne Doyle for their dedicated support of the San Diego community, most particularly for their work with former foster youths.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Just in Time for Foster Youth. JIT engages a caring community to help transitioning foster youths ages 18-26 achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. JIT consistently delivers unique services to foster youth with a staff led by former foster youths who understand the challenges the participants face, and promise individual understanding, effective programs, and a personal passion for the well-being of San Diego foster youths.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Alexis Brown at 619-677-2119 /