About the Gala

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 Senator Joan Huffman for her 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, Oct. 5, 2017, 6-10 p.m.

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

Attire: Cocktail or Austin Chic

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Susie &

Kent Hance

Jeff Clark

Harriett O’Neil &

Kerry Cammack

Krystle & Christian

Alvarado

Aurora & Vernon

Farthing

Martha Egli

Marisa Balderas & Juan Antonio Flores

Emy Lou & Jerry Baldridge

Thank You to our Donors!

Linda Fuller

Freddy Warner

Mercedes Benz

Teresa Lawler

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

Senator Joan Huffman

Senator Joan Huffman started her career as a public servant in 1981. Upon earning her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University, she became a secretary for the Harris County District Attorney’s office. It was there that she became inspired by the work of prosecutors and decided to attend law school. She took night classes at South Texas College of Law while working full time.

Upon earning her law degree, Joan was hired as a prosecutor and advanced from misdemeanor court to Chief Felony Prosecutor, Special Crimes Gang Prosecutor, and Legal Counsel to the Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force. She served as lead prosecutor in over 100 jury trials, including murders, sexual assaults, aggravated robberies, and sexual assaults of children. Huffman earned a reputation as a fair and tough enforcer of the law both as a prosecutor and a twice elected Judge to the 183rd Criminal District Court.

Senator Huffman was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2008 after winning a special election to fill the vacated office of Senate District 17 and has been twice re-elected. Her background and knowledge on various topics has allowed for her to serve on several key committees which impact the overall operation and efficiency of state government. She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on State Affairs, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice, and as a member of the Senate Committee on Finance.

Senator Huffman’s common sense approach to solving issues has allowed for her to build strong relationships with members of both parties, which enables her to represent the needs of her district and her constituents efficiently and effectively. Her leadership has been acknowledged by numerous advocacy groups. She was named a “Champion for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, a “Taxpayer Champion” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and a “Big Voice for Little Texans” by Court Appointed Special Advocates for her work to protect children.

She was also named a “Patient Care Champion” by the Harris County Medical Society, earned the TEXPAC “Patient Protection Award” from the Texas Medical Association, both for back-to-back legislative sessions, and is the only repeat recipient of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association’s “Law and Order Award” since its inception, for her efforts to improve victims’ protections and the criminal justice system.

Senator Huffman lives with her family in Houston and proudly represents a diverse district which includes portions of Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties.

Sergeant Gary Marquis

Sergeant Gary Marquis started his career in 1990 as a correctional officer for the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office in Glen Rose, TX. Upon graduating from the Tarrant County College Criminal Justice Training Center Police Academy in 1993, Sgt. Marquis was promoted to the rank of Deputy Sheriff.

During his time as a Deputy, Sgt. Marquis was a member of the Somervell County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E. Officer and Training Coordinator.

Sgt. Marquis was promoted to the Criminal Investigations Division in 2006, where he became leader in working technology based child exploitation cases. Sgt. Marquis was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and held that rank until his retirement in 2012.

Sgt. Marquis began working for the Texas Office of Attorney General (OAG) in May 2012 and is currently assigned to the OAG’s Child Exploitation Unit. Sgt. Marquis has investigated over one hundred (100) child exploitation cases involving promotion and possession of child pornography and has become a leading expert in the investigation of Internet Crimes Against Children. Sgt. Marquis currently works alongside the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) as an adjunct instructor where he delivers in depth training on child exploitation investigations to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers across the state of Texas.

Sgt. Marquis possesses a Master Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as well as an Instructor and Firearms Instructor certifications.

Sgt. Marquis is married to his wife Lynn; they have four children and three grandchildren.

Our Sponsors