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Ali Jetall, CEO Jetall Companies
Ali Jetall, CEO Jetall Companies
We cannot thank Ali Jetall, CEO of Jetall Companies enough for underwriting our event with your Red Diamond sponsorship! Please know that you provide emotional and psychological healing to many young children and adolescents with your selfless generosity. Many blessings to you in return, Kind Sir!

Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division Victim of Crime Act Grant provides the core funding for service to all crime victims at Innovative Alternatives, Inc. All funds raised at this event will provide the required match of almost $200,000 annually to this program. IA has received this core funding for 25 years and is thankful to the State of Texas for its attention to the mental and emotional health needs of crime victims!
We are most grateful to the Episcopal Health Foundation for its 2 years of support to our Resource Development Department, which raises all the matching funds annually for our Victim Assistance Program! Without your support, these events would not be possible. Thank you for your investment in IA and our clients!
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Thanks to Moody PEF for your support of IA's counseling programs in Galveston!
It has been our honor to serve the courageous and resilient people in the community of Santa Fe and surrounding areas since the day of the horrific shooting at Santa Fe High School. We are happy to serve them first with our Victim of Crime Act Grant (VOCA) and then blessed that the City of Santa Fe entrusted us with counseling its citizens under it's VOCA grant as well. Funds supporting this service come to both our organizations from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division. Texas is strong in caring for its citizens who have the misfortune of becoming crime victims, but sees them through to overcoming as survivors! We are blessed to live in this state!
Michael & Sharon Bayus
Michael & Sharon Bayus
Our special thanks to IA CEO and founder Sharon Bayus and husband Mike for your 30 years of dedicated service and giving support of IA! Thanks for the generous Sapphire Sponsorship to commemorate IA's 30 years!

LongHorn Steakhouse, Webster
LongHorn Steakhouse, Webster
We cannot thank Jay Bayala, Managing Partner of LongHorn Steakhouse in Webster, for adopting IA and providing all our event meals for going on 5 years now! You are one of our most faithful and generous supporters and we love you AND YOUR FOOD here at IA! God bless you.
Prudential Cares
Prudential Cares
Thank you to Prudential for matching our gift every year! It is nice to have an employer that matches gifts to the causes we care about! Appreciate the additional Sapphire Sponsorship for 2019!
Tony Buzbee for Mayor
Tony Buzbee for Mayor
Tony Buzbee for Mayor - Ruby Sponsor #BetheSolution #StopHumanTrafficking Thank you for joining the fight!
Emcor Industrial Services, Inc.
Emcor Industrial Services, Inc.
Thanks to our new Ruby Sponsor, Emcor Industrial Services!

Tiff's Treats
Tiff's Treats
Thank you Tiff's Treats for the generous donation of all the gala centerpieces for IA's Anniversary Gala! We value this wonderful new partnership!

Kenny & Kristi Koncaba & Texan Bank
Kenny & Kristi Koncaba & Texan Bank
Special thanks to Board Members Kenny & Kristi Koncaba & Texan Bank for your ongoing, dedicated support of IA! We are so grateful for your friendship and support of our community! Thank you for your Ruby Sponsorship for 2019!
Hegwood Law Group
Hegwood Law Group
A very special thanks to our past Chair of the Board, Kim Hegwood and Hegwood Law Group for your many, many years of support for our work at IA! You dedication and years of dedicated service are so appreciated, as is your 2019 Ruby Sponsorship! Thank you, Kim!

Thanks to BB&T for your multiple years of support to IA and 2019 Ruby Sponsorship. Special thanks to the dedication of Rebecca Rogers, BB&T VP and IA Board Member and Treasurer for your additional contribution of time and expertise to IA!
Metropolitan Commercial Finance
Metropolitan Commercial Finance
Leigh, Thank you so much for all the support of IA over the years and for you vision for the Board! We appreciate your Emerald Sponsorship!

Cindy & Chris Renaudo
Cindy & Chris Renaudo
Our thanks to our VP/COO Cindy Renaudo and husband Chris Renaudo for your generous donation of a Ruby Sponsorship! Thank you as well for the awesome job you do for IA!

Thanks to MaxGiving for sponsoring our event with your software and staff! We see the beginning of a long partnership in the future! Thank you, thank you, Dan Harrington & Tamara!
Steven Cowart
Steven Cowart
We so appreciate the Ruby Sponsorship of Steve Cowart and your dedicated service as the Secretary of IA's Board. We appreciate you Steve!

Debbie Corn, IA Director of Finance
Debbie Corn, IA Director of Finance
Debbie, thank you for the blessing you are to IA and your dedication to our mission. We wish you every blessing and so appreciate your Ruby Sponsorship!

Wayne Holt, Classical Guitarist
Wayne Holt, Classical Guitarist
Wayne Holt, Classical Guitarist

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2019 Legacy of Leadership Award Honoree

The Honorable Attorney General of Texas,

Ken Paxton

Ken Paxton is the 51st Attorney General of Texas. He was elected on November 4, 2014, and sworn into office on January 5, 2015.

Texas Attorney General Ken PaxtonAs the state’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Paxton leads more than 4,000 employees in 38 divisions and 117 offices around Texas. That includes nearly 750 attorneys, who handle more than 30,000 cases annually – enforcing child support orders, protecting Texans against consumer fraud, enforcing open government laws, providing legal advice to state officials, and representing the state of Texas in court, among other things.

His first major initiative as attorney general was the formation of a special unit dedicated to combating human trafficking in Texas. During its first year of existence, the Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime (HTTOC) section helped arrest the chief executive officer of and coordinated to facilitate the permanent shut down of, the largest online sex-trafficking marketplace in the United States.

Ken lives in McKinney with his wife, Angela, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco. The Paxtons have four children: Tucker (21), Abby (19), Mattie (17), and Katie (15). Ken and Angela are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.

Innovative Alternatives, Inc. is honoring Attorney General Paxton is instrumental in leading the fight against human trafficking and child abuse in general. Houston is unfortunately the nation’s hub for the scourge of human trafficking which places every American child at risk.  Texas however, has done more to stem this tide under the direction of Attorney General Ken Paxton, than any other state in our nation.  AG Paxton inspires others throughout Texas to lend their expertise in this battle. Innovative Alternatives, Inc. will also honor those who fight this plague right here in our own back yard in the city of Houston with our Visionary Awards.

2019 Visionary Leader's Award Winners

Margaret Alkek Williamslegendary Houston philanthropist. 

Margaret Williams

Joanne Herring, historical figure and civic leader.

Joanne Herring

Rania Mankarious, CEO and the powerhouse behind Crime Stoppers.

Rania Mankarious Headshot

Jennifer Hohman & John Clark are developers and leaders of Houston 20, a group of nonprofits with a mission to stop human trafficking and assist its victims in the long road to recovery.

Jennifer Hohman            John Clark 

Founder's Visionary Award

Sharon Bayus

As Innovative Alternatives, Inc. celebrates 30 years of dedicated service in bringing comfort to the most emotionally injured among us, we also recognize our Founder, Sharon K Bayus, MA, LPC-S.

Event held at the beautiful University of Houston Hilton Ballroom





 Live Auction Led By Senator Larry Taylor

Senator Taylor

Senator Taylor represents Senate District 11, comprised of portions of Brazoria, Galveston, and Harris Counties. He is a longtime supporter of IA and will serve as our auctioneer for the evening.

Thank you, Larry!

Classical Guitar by Wayne Holt


         Meet Our Awesome Emcee!


           Senior Producer/Host
          Houston Public Media 

  Ernie Manouse is a eleven-time Emmy Award winning TV anchor, producer, and host, known for the Houston Public Media produced series: InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse (which ran for 15 seasons on PBS stations across the country); the arts magazine show Arts InSight; and the nationally-syndicated, top- rated Downton Abbey-inspired talk show, Manor of Speaking. Ernie began his career in radio and has worked primarily in television for the last 22 years. With the re-launch and re-branding of Channel 8 as part of Houston Public Media, he can now be heard and seen on radio, TV, and the internet. 

Event Details

Course Name

University of Houston Hilton Hotel
4800 Calhoun
Houston, Texas 77004

Event Contact

Posey Parker

Event Times
Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Exclusive VIP Reception & Photos for Table Hosts with Attorney General Paxton
    05:00 PM
  • Open Reception for All Guests
    06:00 PM
  • Dinner is Served
    06:45 PM
  • Program: Legacy of Leadership & Visionary Awards Ceremony
    07:15 PM
  • Live Auction
    08:00 PM
  • Dance & Mingle the Night Away
    08:30 PM