The Eighteenth Annual THSC Gala and Fundraiser
The Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort
San Antonio, Texas – April 12, 2013
Join us for the 18th Annual THSC Gala and Fundraiser on Friday, April 12, 2013, at the beautiful La Cantera Hill Country Resort in San Antonio, as we spread the vision of THSC and raise funds to continue to fight for the rights of the family. Friends and supporters of THSC will come together for an elegant dinner and program led by Master of Ceremonies Rep. James Frank. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear honored guest and fellow Texan U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as he opens the evening sharing his vision for defending our liberties and fighting for faith, family, and limited government. Your support is critical as we fight to keep our freedoms to direct the care, custody, and education of our children. Stand with us today!
Gala Dinner and Program – 7:30 p.m.
Gala check-in is open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for pre-registered guests only on Level 2 at the San Antonio Ballroom. Event tickets will not be available for sale on site. The Gala dinner will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Seating will be assigned for all attendees. Please arrive early to find your seats before the program begins.
- Click for directions to the Westin La Cantera Hill Country Resort
- 16641 La Cantera Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78256
- Follow signs to the Palo Duro Pavilion area parking for free self parking.
- Follow signs to the Ballroom entrance for $5 valet parking.
- Overnight guests may follow the drive straight past the ballroom to the hotel lobby entrance and guest parking.
Come ready for FUN!
- Check out our amazing auction items which include items with your entire family in mind! Take care of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation, vacation planning and support THSC all in one night!
- Attire is black tie optional. Enjoy dressing up!
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant, has strongly committed to stand for the defense of liberty. Senator Cruz has the proven record of a fighter and will share his vision for an America that rediscovers the leadership and values that have kept our nation strong, including faith, family, and limited government.
Master of Ceremonies
State Representative James Frank
Texas State Rep. James Frank is a longtime resident of Wichita Falls and a true advocate for business and jobs in Texas. Representative Frank was recently elected to the House Republican Caucus Policy Committee and looks forward to representing the West Texas region by shaping policy that encourages economic growth and individual liberty and by maximizing local control. A respected and involved community leader, Representative Frank is the president of Home Educators around Texoma. He and his wife of 23 years, Alisha, have four sons, two currently in college and two who are being home schooled.
Designated sponsors will meet Celebrity Guests at the VIP reception preceding Gala. Legacy and Heritage sponsors will enjoy dining with a Celebrity Guest at their table for the dinner.
John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is a gifted storyteller, writer, and entertainer. His Hank the Cowdog book series has sold more than six million copies, winning the 1993 Audie for Outstanding Children’s Series from the Audio Publisher’s Association. Publishers Weekly calls Hank a “grassroots publishing phenomena,” and USA Today says this is “the best family entertainment in years.”
Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Born in Houston, on November 15, 1946, Jerry Patterson graduated Texas A&M in 1969 and received his commission in the United States Marine Corps. Commissioner Patterson served in Marine fighter squadrons until his retirement from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1993. Commissioner Patterson has served the people of Texas as state senator for six years and as Texas land commissioner for eight. As senator, Commissioner Patterson passed the historic concealed handgun law, a constitutional amendment allowing home equity lending, and the state coastal management plan, and a bill creating the Texas State Veterans Home Program, among others.
Attorney David Gibbs
David C. Gibbs, III, is a Dallas trial attorney who is well-known for his role as lead counsel in the Terri Schiavo case, representing the parents as they fought to save the life of their daughter. He is also President and General Counsel of the National Center for Life and Liberty, a ministry organization that defends life and liberty freedoms nationwide and hosts the weekly radio program Law Talk Live on the Moody Radio Network. Attorney Gibbs holds firmly to the philosophy that “If it’s wrong, fight it. If it’s right, fight for it.”
Pastor John C. Hagee
Pastor John C. Hagee is the founder and senior pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. Dr. Hagee is also founder and president of John Hagee Ministries, which broadcasts his radio and television teachings throughout America and in 249 nations. In addition, he is the author of 34 books, including four on the New York Times Best Seller list. Over the years John Hagee Ministries has given more than $69 million toward humanitarian causes in Israel. In 2006 he founded Christians United for Israel, which has become the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, with more than one million members.
Pastor Hagee and his wife Diana have five children and 12 grandchildren.
Phil Johnson, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
Justice Phil Johnson has served on the Supreme Court of Texas since March 2005. He served as chief justice of the Seventh District Court of Appeals in Amarillo and also practiced law for more than twenty years in Lubbock.
Justice Johnson graduated with honors from Texas Tech University School of Law, served as a pilot in the US Air Force, and is a Vietnam veteran. In addition to numerous committee memberships, he is a Life Fellow of both the Texas and American Bar Foundations.
Justice Johnson and his wife Carla have five children.
Tim Lambert is president of the Texas Home School Coalition and has been involved in home school leadership in Texas since 1984. As a recognized authority on home education issues, Tim has testified before numerous Texas legislative committees, dealt with state government agencies, and has served as an expert witness in a number of court cases. He holds a BA in political science from Texas Tech University and is active in the political arena, having served eight years as Republican National Committeeman for Texas. Tim is committed to defending home school freedoms and parental rights in Texas.
Senator Dan Patrick
Dan Patrick is a strong fiscal and social conservative. After arriving in Austin for his first legislative session in 2007, Senator Patrick quickly developed respect from his colleagues for his quick study on even the most complex issues and for his ability to debate issues on the Senate floor. He has been consistently ranked as the leading conservative in the Senate, and was named the third most influential Republican in Texas by the Austin American-Statesman. Dan is the chair of the Senate Education Committee and serves on a total of 13 committees and sub committees.
Senator Ken Paxton
Ken Paxton, a practicing attorney from McKinney. He was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2012 after serving five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. His district includes the majority of Collin County.
Ken supports legislation that promotes individual liberties and free enterprise, limits the size and scope of the state government, and supports transparency at all levels of government.
Ken has been named “Texas Taxpayer Hero” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and has been named to the Texas Association of REALTORS Legislative Hall of Fame for his “uncompromising commitment to championing the rights of homeowners.”
Chairman Barry Smitherman
Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Railroad Commission of Texas in July 2011 and was elected chairman by his colleagues in February 2012. He is a fourth generation Texan, with a unique blend of private and public sector experience.
Barry had a distinguished 17-year career in public finance, where he advised state and local governments on ways to save hundreds of millions of dollars. Barry also served as a Harris County prosecutor, specializing in family assault and DWI cases. In 2004 he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Public Utility Commission and was promoted to chairman in 2007.
Schedule of Events
|6:30 pm||Gala doors open for auction item viewing and seating
VIP reception begins for designated sponsors
|7:30 pm||Gala program and dinner begin|