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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.
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!

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 Ruby Sponsorship for 2019!
Emcor Industrial Services, Inc.
Emcor Industrial Services, Inc.
Thanks to our new Ruby Sponsor, Emcor Industrial Services!

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 Board 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 Emerald Sponsorship! Thank you, Kim!

Thanks to BB&T for your multiple years of support to IA and 2019 Emerald 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!
We so appreciate the Board Sponsorship of Steve Cowart and your dedicated service as the Secretary of IA's Board. We appreciate you Steve!

Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
Innovative Alternatives, Inc.
Our thanks to our VP/COO Cindy Renaudo and husband Chris Renaudo for your generous donation! Thank you as well for the awesome job you do for IA!

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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

Joanne Herring, historical figure and civic leader.

Rania Mankarious, CEO and the powerhouse behind Crime Stoppers.

Rania Mankarious Headshot

Jennifer Hohman developer and leader of Houston 20, a group of 20 nonprofits with a mission to stop human trafficking and assist its victims in the long road to recovery.

Margaret Alkek Williamslegendary Houston philanthropist. 

Margaret Williams

Founder's Visionary Award

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!


         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

Samantha Weaver

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