The Texas Heroes for Children Gala

LIGHT THE PATH TO HOPE 2019

Each year, the Texas Regional Office of National Center for Missing & Exploited Children honors a law enforcement officer who has gone above and beyond to protect a child from harm.

This year, we will also honor Speaker Dennis Bonnen for his work protecting our state’s most vulnerable population.

The Gala is the Texas Regional Office’s biggest celebration and fundraiser. Join us to celebrate hope for our children!

When: Thursday, November 14th from 6-10 p.m.

Where: Brazos Hall, 204 E 4th St., Austin, TX 78701

Attire: Cocktail or Austin Chic

Honorees

The Texas Department of Public Safety Interdiction for the Protection of Children Team

In 2006, members of the Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) realized there was no training specifically for front-line officers to recognize indicators that a child was a victim or at risk of victimization of kidnapping, abduction, exploitation, and abuse.  Due to the lack of specialized training, the TXDPS took the initiative to develop a class and in 2009, the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program was implemented. The training was created to prepare patrol officers for encounters with children who may be victims, at risk of victimization or may have been reported missing. 

As a result of the IPC program, the Texas Highway Patrol is responsible for more than 400 child rescues beginning in 2010.  Additionally, the training has helped the officers identify indicators which have led to investigations for child abduction, human trafficking, possession of child pornography, and sexual assault.  Beyond the rescues and investigations, IPC has prompted policy change within agencies, influenced State and Federal Legislation, and has been published as part of formal research to improve techniques to protect children.     

IPC uses a multidisciplinary approach to train law enforcement, prosecutors, criminal analysts, child protective services, victim services, and child advocacy center professionals collectively. IPC continues to provide invaluable and life-saving lessons, embracing and advocating the proactive message to “Stop Waiting for Children to Ask for Your Help.”

The Honorable Dennis Bonnen has served in the Texas House of Representatives for over 20 years, representing the 25th legislative district that encompasses southern Brazoria County and the entirety of Matagorda County. First elected to the Legislature at the age of 24, Bonnen joined the House in 1997 and will begin his twelfth term of office in January 2019. He was elected by his colleagues to become Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives on January 8, 2019.

Prior to becoming Speaker of the House, Dennis Bonnen served for the past three legislative sessions as Speaker Pro Tempore, a position that granted him the authority to act as presiding officer of the House in the event of former Speaker Joe Straus’ absence. In the 84th and 85th sessions, he served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees all legislation relating to the state’s tax code, and in the 85th session as a member of the House Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, where he focused on advocating for the state’s rich recreational opportunities and robust climate for tourism. Speaker Bonnen has previously served as Chairman of the Sunset Advisory Committee and the House Special Purpose Districts Committee, as Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee of Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency, and as a member of the Natural Resources Committee.

In addition to his legislative duties, Speaker Bonnen is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Heritage Bank. In 2009, the Houston Business Journal honored him with one of the inaugural “40 Under 40” awards, which recognizes young business leaders who show dynamic leadership in their community.

A product of Texas public schools, Speaker Bonnen graduated from Angleton High School before attending and graduating cum laude from St. Edwards University in Austin with a B.A. in Political Science. In 2001, St. Edward’s honored him with their Alumni Achievement Award and he was inducted into the Angleton ISD Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2013. Speaker Bonnen was born and raised on the Gulf Coast and resides with his wife, Kim, and their two sons in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Speaker Dennis Bonnen

Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors

Susie & Kent Hance

Toward Healing – Jeff Clark

Ann & Clark Race

Ann & Kent

Mitchell

Aurora & Vernon Farthing

Cary & Brad Johl

Ashli & Casey Knust

Jackie & Albert

Hawkins

Kay & Eric

Moreland

Krystle & Christian

Alvarado

Richard & Karen

Hawkins

Sponsorship Levels

DIAMOND SPONSOR
$50,000

  • Name and logo featured prominently in all print advertising
  • Recognition in all press materials
  • Representative to give brief remarks at the event
  • Name or logo printed on invitation
  • Verbal recognition during the event
  • Logo and link on the NCMEC website
  • Recognition and link in event e-mail promotions
  • Premier VIP seating for 30 guests
  • Presenting sponsor for after party
  • Table signage
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Seated with honorees
  • Photo opportunity with honorees

PLATINUM SPONSOR
$25,000

  • Name featured prominently in all print advertising
  • Recognition in all press materials
  • Name printed on invitation
  • Verbal recognition during the event
  • Logo and link on the NCMEC website
  • Recognition and link in event e-mail promotions
  • Premier VIP seating for 20 guests
  • VIP Sponsor signage
  • Table signage
  • Premier placement in event program recognition
  • Complimentary valet parking
  • Photo opportunity with honorees

Gold Sponsor
$10,000

  • Recognition in all press materials
  • Name printed on invitation
  • Verbal recognition during the event
  • Seating for 10 guests
  • Sponsor signage
  • Event program recognition
  • Table signage
  • Event program recognition
  • Complimentary valet parking

SILVER SPONSOR
$5,000

  • Name printed on invitation
  • Verbal recognition during the event
  • Seating for 10 guests
  • Sponsor signage
  • Table signage
  • Event program recognition
  • Complimentary valet parking

BRONZE
$2,500

  • Seating for 10 guests
  • Listing in event program
  • Complimentary valet parking

Our Sponsors